This week most Israeli households will be coming together with their families to celebrate Passover and the Seder of Passover – Seder Pesah (“Order of Passover” / סדר פסח).
The Seder, is a ritual feast that signifies the opening of the Jewish holiday of Passover. During the Seder, both religious and non-religious families participate in a list of traditions and customs such as drinking 4 glasses of wine, eating customary symbolic foods, singing songs and even playing “games” (like hiding the Afikoman).
While customs and traditions vary between families and cultures (please tell us what your favorite Seder tradition is!), the most prominent tradition would be the reading of the Haggadah of Passover (“telling” / הגדה).
The Haggadah is a Jewish text that sets the order of the Passover Seder. According to Jewish practice, reading the Haggadah at the Seder table is a fulfillment of the religious commandment to tell the story from the Book of Exodus about God bringing the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
Did you know? The Haggadah of Sarajevo is considered to be the oldest known remaining copy of the Haggadah in the world. It was written around the year 1350 in Barcelona!
We understand how the Seder, its traditions and strong religious motives may be uncomfortable or threatening to a non-Israeli partner with no Jewish background, who is experiencing their first Seder (or second, or third… or 10th :)). That’s why it’s important to understand it and be a part of it!
We encourage you to take part, ask questions, and most importantly read and understand the Haggadah! For this, we’re gathered links to no less than 12 translations of the Haggadah which you can find below:
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