For more than 3,300 years, Jewish families from all over gather around the festive table on the eve of Passover to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and celebrate the “Seder” feast.
This is no ordinary meal; the Passover Seder (which actually means “order”) incorporates 15 multi-sensory steps that reach deep into the human psyche in every way possible and all at once: Rich melodies, dynamic visuals, prayers and stories, even the visceral senses of taste, smell and touch are part of the interminable tradition.
The Seder is a time to retell the story of the Exodus and the history of our nation’s birth, but also much more. The observances at the Seder-table allow one to actually re-experience a modern-day Exodus; facilitating one’s own spiritual rebirth and enabling him or her to forge a new path toward a life of holiness and spiritual meaning. The Seder is a whole-person experience, empowering each man, woman and child with a renewed sense of inner freedom and spiritual resolve.
The Passover Haggadah, which records the Seder’s narrative, says that in each generation man must see himself as if he had personally gone out of Egypt. Judaism teaches that Egypt and its nefarious Pharaoh symbolize the negative forces that constrict man. The slavery in Egypt represents the emotional and psychological shackles that confine and enslave the human spirit, constraining one’s ability to live up to his or her fullest spiritual potential.
Each year on Passover, as nature experiences its own season of springtime renewal, we participate in the Seder tradition and experience our own renewal and rebirth. At the Seder table we commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and the birth of the Jewish nation over three millennia ago — and at the same time embark on a modern-day journey to spiritual freedom.
This year, in Lake Tahoe, the Chabad Jewish Center is opening its doors for a first-ever community-wide public Passover Seder. This special event is open to all, no membership required, regardless of affiliation, or financial means. RSVP is required.
Held 7 p.m. April 14 at the Chabad Jewish Center, the unique Seder experience will be led by Rabbi Mordey and Shaina Richler and will feature explanation and commentary based on mystical and Kabbalistic insights, humor and song. A sumptuous four-course holiday dinner will be served with hand-baked Matzah and choice of wine.
Suggested donation: $50 for adults, $25 for children
For more information, call 530-314-7677, or visit www.JewishTahoe.com.