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Welcome to Passover in CyberSpace!   Come on in and join us as we celebrate Passover, and explore the holiday's history and traditions.

Passover is the Jewish holiday that is geared toward families and friends gathering together for two lavish meals, known as Seders — the first and second night of the holiday. The story of Passover is retold through the reading of the Haggadah — the story of the Exodus from Egypt. By reading the Haggadah, we are reenacting this journey.

The Seder table is set with our most lavish crystal, silver, and place settings. Special Passover wines and foods are served, and we pray for the forthcoming redemption in our times. Special songs, from the Haggadah are sung, and customs and traditions are observed. The Seder is the focal point of the Passover holiday celebration. The first day of Passover is the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan and continues for 8 days. This year Passover begins at sundown Monday, April 18, 2011/5771 and ends sundown Tuesday, April 26, 2011/5771.

Passover lasts 8 days. The first 2 days, and the last 2 days — known as YomTov — are fully observed as days where work, riding, writing, or any form of regular daily activity is prohibited. The days in between are called Chol Hamoed — on these days people may resume their daily activities and go back to work — keeping in mind that it is still Pesach and they are forbidden to eat Chametz).

Below, you will find an index of resources — continually updated — which relate to Passover as well as those that might be of interest to the Jewish community and/or to those that would like to learn more about Judaism. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see here or know of any related sites, please feel free to write me, and I will be glad to review them. Stop by often to see the additions to this site. In the meantime, won't you hang out and celebrate Passover 2000 — 5760 with us?


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The Seder Plate

Seder Plate


The Passover seder is one of the most widely observed of all Jewish customs, and at the center of every seder is a seder plate. Because of the popularity of the Passover seder, and because of the seder plate's central position in its observance, the plate has become a very common outlet for Jewish artistic expression.

Click here or on the seder plate and visit Beth Chaim Congregation and get a more in-depth explanation of the traditional seder plate and its six symbols.

This seder plate appears here with the permission of Beth Chaim Congregation. Beth Chaim is located in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Visit their site and learn more about the congregation and Jewish history.

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