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Are you ready for lots and lots of matzah? Passover commemorates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and celebrates freedom. A Passover seder is the main ritual for this holiday and usually occurs on the first or second night. It is a festive meal that involves the retelling of the Passover story (fleeing Egypt) and features eating special foods, singing songs and reclining in a comfortable position. Most seder use a Haggadah (or “the telling”) that outlines the different stages of the festive meal.
Food is pretty central to this holiday, in that Jews go on a very strict diet (keeping kosher for Passover). Keeping kosher for Passover is a bit different than just keeping regular kosher. It includes no having any food with leaven. This includes all bread products. There’s a bunch more rules into what to eat and what not to eat and a lot of it depends on where your Jewish ancestry is from (i.e. from Europe/Russia or from Africa/Middle East).
There’s a famous part of the Passover Haggadah where four children are described – one who is wise, wicked, simple and one does not know how to ask a question. We decided to zoom in these four sons (the tradition calls them sons, and we went literal here…do be sure to stay around for a comment on that choice at the end of the video!) The characters – wise, wicked, simple and the one who doesn’t know how to ask questions, can be found all over the world, but we’ve set their story in Moscow.
Watch out for a fun global Passover quiz at the end!
Passover Lesson Guide
Bedikat chametz, or the hunt for chametz, is a wonderful ritual to try out with your family the night before Passover. In this short how to video, Piera and Josh explain how they set up a scavenger hunt for their young child and why it’s a meaningful part of Pesach for their family. Anyone can do this ritual…and it’s lots of fun to play hide and seek with bread or cheerios or whatever chametz you may have on hand. Plus, the next day you get to burn it!
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