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This is one of the most important festivals. During Passover or Pesach, we remember the story of the Israelites liberation from slavery in Egypt.
G-d unleashed ten plagues on the Egyptians, culminating in the death of every family’s eldest son. The Israelites were told to sacrifice lambs and mark their doors with the blood to escape this fate which they did and so their sons were spared.
We are told that the Israelites left their homes in such haste that their bread had no time to rise. At this time we eat matzot unleavened bread to commemorate their exodus.
These form some of the components of the family meal, called the seder, eaten by Jews on the first two nights of Passover.There are blessings, songs and other ingredients to symbolise parts of the story. During the meal the adults explain the symbolism to the children.
It is a tradition in Catford that we hold a communal seder at the synagogue.