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Explain the significance of the food and Ritual objects used at the festival of Passover.

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CARLY HODGKINSON 11D A) Explain the significance of the food and Ritual objects used at the festival of Passover. (24 Marks) B) "Passover is for everyone." How is this idea expressed in Judaism? (21 Marks) C) In your opinion, is the festival of Passover still relevant in today's society? (15Marks) A) Explain the significance of the food and ritual objects used at the festival of Passover. (24 Marks) During the festival of Pesach, Jews do not eat any bread that has risen. This generally means no bread with yeast in it. The reason for this is that G-d commanded the Israelites to mark their freedom from slavery in Egypt with an annual festival, a time to give thanks to G-d for intervening. During the Passover festival Jews do not eat or posses wheat or leavened bread (chametz). The symbolism of not eating chametz is that Jews regard chametz as a symbol of pride, due to it swelling as it bakes. Pride is thought to make people believe they are self-sufficient and don't turn to G-d when in need. Pesach, and not eating chametz shows how Jews remember God and turn to him when help is needed. Throughout Pesach there are many rituals and ritual objects. Before Pesach all chametz must be removed from the household. A total spring clean is undertaken in many houses. All kitchen appliances that have been used throughout the year must be thoroughly cleaned to ensure all chametz has been removed, the work surfaces also need to be cleaned. ...read more.

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Each member of the family has a part to play in the festival of Passover. The housewife gives the house a spring clean to remove any chametz that is in the house before Pesach begins. This is a reminder to Jews of the haste that the slaves left Egypt, not having enough time for the bread to rise. In removing all chametz the Jewish community as a whole is remembering this time in their history. To ensure the house has been thoroughly members of the family hide ten pieces of bread around the house for another to find. With a candle and feather (ancient equivalent of a candle and torch) they search the house for bread. Any chametz found by the family is traditionally placed in a paper bag. Before the search begins the following blessing is read: "You are the blessed Lord, You are our G-d, ruler of The universe, who has Made us holy Through His commandments, And instructed us concerning The removal of leaven." (Haggadah) After the final meal of chametz before Pesach the bag of chametz is burned, a declaration is made to giving up any chametz you have missed. This process is the ritual of giving up ownership of chametz. "Any category of leaven That is in my possession, Both that which I have located As well as that which I have not, Both that which I have destroyed As well as that which I have not, Should be regarded as annulled And as ownerless As the dust of the earth." ...read more.

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It gives emotional and religious support as well to every member of the Jewish faith as no body is alone during Passover. It is a time for children to learn and be taught about the faith in a fun and interesting way. It is a spiritually important festival to give thanks to God for care in the past. It is an active link of the past, present and future. I believe that religious festivals in any religion are very important to keep the faith alive. They are a time for families to join together and remember their past. It is a chance for children to learn more about their faith and past. Festivals are generally happy times, and anything that unites and brings joy to a group of people is a good thing. I believe that this is important in the festival of Pesach as well. Passover is still relevant in today's society to those who believe that it is. If a Jew does not believe that it is relevant then, to them it is not worth celebrating. As they will not learn or teach anything from the experience it is not something they should waste their time on. Passover is important and relevant to the religion of Judaism, although I believe that some of the traditions are not necessary in today's society. Passover is a time for families to unite in something they, as a small community, believe in. Pesach is a time to learn from the past and put that into action in the future. It is a link from the past to the present to the future. ...read more.

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