Did You Know? Countdown to Passover 2009 (04/04)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about the Jewish Holiday of Passover

April 04 : 04 days till 1st night Passover

Did you know that the centerpiece of the Passover Seder is the Seder plate?

This special plate contains five symbolic foods, which remind participants of the bitterness of slavery and the exaltation of exile.

Haroset/Charoset is a mixture of walnuts, apple, cinnamon and red wine that symbolizes the mortar used by Jewish slaves who laid Pharaoh’s bricks
Beitzah or egg is a symbol of rebirth

Zroa is the shank bone, which represents the sacrificial lamb offering

Karpas is a symbol of spring, usually represented by celery or parsley; the karpas is dipped in salt water to symbolize the tears of the Jewish slaves.

Maror or bitter herbs, most typically grated horseradish, represents the bitterness of slavery

Spring has arrived and with it comes the eight-day Jewish holiday of freedom. It’s time to clean out your chametz, open up a box of matzah and set up for your seder. So join our Passover festivities to learn all about this pinnacle holiday in the Jewish calendar.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the first night of Passover on April 08th (begins at sundown)! So stop by again tomorrow.

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