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every generation, each of us should feel as though we ourselves
had gone forth from Egypt, as it is written: "And you shall
explain to your child on that day, it is because of what the
Eternal One did for me when I, myself, went forth from Egypt""
Pesach begins on the 15th of Nisan and lasts for seven days. It commemorates the Exodus from Egypt. The liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage is a powerful symbol of redemption, both for the Jewish people and the entire world.
For the duration of Pesach we eat matzah (unleavened bread). At the start of Pesach we remove from our houses all products made from wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt which have been permitted to leaven and eat only Kosher for Pesach food.
The highlight of Pesach observance is the Seder where we eat symbolic foods and read the Haggadah. We eat matzah, bitter herbs and Charoset. We learn the meanings of the symbols of Pesach and the youngest of the table sings the Ma Nishtanah, asking why this night differs from all others. We sing songs and drink four cups of wine as well as opening the door for the stranger to drink a fifth, the cup of Elijah.
Like many communities our Synagogue holds a Communal Seder on the second night of Pesach where we celebrate together and recall the events of the Exodus as a community with our friends around us. Members and non-members alike are welcomed. Ring the Synagogue office on 020-8864-5323 for more details of this year's Communal Seder.
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