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Judaism - Explain the significance of the food and ritual objects used at the festival of Passover

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Judaism (Ao1) : Explain the significance of the food and ritual objects used at the festival of Passover Pesach also known as Passover is observed for seven days, eight outside of Israel. Pesach celebrates the freedom for two hundred years of Egyptian slavery. The most important part of the festival is the Sedar meal. This meal takes place, in Jewish homes on the first night of Pesach. This meal includes a symbolic meaning and retells the story of the Israelites escape from Egypt. Jews eat unleavened bread during this time. This is called matzah. Certain preparations must be made for the Sedar meal and Passover. Passover starts by cleaning the house of all chametz (leaven). ...read more.

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The red beets symbolize the blood of the Paschal lamb, which was used to mark the lintel and doorposts of the houses during the first Passover (Exodus 12:22). Any house with sign of blood was safe from the lat plague. The egg is to symbolise a new life. The egg is usually hard boiled and then roasted and grilled. The egg also represents how a dead feature becomes a new life, so in this case a chick. Jews believe that this is joyful as it relates to them. Jews recite the Hallel during this time. Marror or bitter herbs are usually freshly grated horseradish or horseradish paste. This brings tears to the eyes of the Jews, and symbolises the sadness felt by the Jews. ...read more.

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I will redeem you. I will take you to me. (Exodus 6:6-7). Red wine is used, as that is the colour of blood. It represents the blood of the slaves that were beaten without mercy, but it is also the blood of freedom. During this occasion Jews leave the door open and also leave an extra cup of wine. This is to symbolise the coming of the Elijah, who Jews believe he will appear and all disputes will be resolved and true freedom and peace will be achieved. Jews also play games during Pesach. The game that is played is after the Seder dinner the father hides the afikomen (matzah), which is eat as dessert, and the children go and find it because it is the rest of their dessert. ...read more.

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