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Enjoy some edible symbols at Seder

Arline Gordon

Anyone interested is welcome to attend a Passover Seder April 12. The Passover Seder re-tells the Exodus of the Ancient Israelites from the slavery of Egypt with symbols, many of them edible, and begins the eight-day celebration of Passover. Doors open for early seating at 5:45 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Edgewood Tahoe Clubhouse in Stateline.

Traditional foods will be served for dinner and each table will have a “Seder Plate” containing matzah, unleavened bread that the Jewish people had to eat in their travels, as there was no time to wait for the bread to rise; a roasted bone in remembrance of the sacrificial lamb offered by the people and eaten on the eve of their departure from Egypt; a roasted egg, a spring symbol that also recalls the festival offering in the days of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem; Maror, bitter herbs (usually horseradish) as a reminder of the bitterness of slavery in Egypt; Karpas, celery or parsley suggesting the first green of spring; salt water, into which the greens are dipped, described as the tears shed for suffering and persecution; charoset, in one recipe, a mixture of chopped apples and nuts, cinnamon and wine, suggesting the bricks that the Jewish people were forced to make for the Pharoah, as well as the sweetness of freedom.

In addition to wine or grape juice for every member of the family, there is also a cup for Elijah, the classic wandering prophet who represents any guest who might arrive in need and should be welcomed into the Passover celebration. The celebration of Passover reminds Jews that all people should be free and that as former slaves we must always work for those with less than us.

The central text for the ritual of the Seder, which should take no longer than an hour, is called the Haggadah, or “telling” – one of the main Jewish obligations of the holiday is to recount the story of the freeing of Jews ancient ancestors. Songs are sung, both new and old, and the women of Temple Bat Yam will present a dance of celebration to one of them. A piece of matzah is traditionally hidden and children are invited to find it before the dessert is served, in order to receive a reward.

The cost of attending the Seder is $50 for adult members of Temple Bat Yam, $25 for children 5 to 12 years old, and $10 for toddlers. Non-members may attend for $65 for adult non-members, $40 for children 5 to 12 years old and $20 for toddlers. Paid reservations must be received by April 1. Mail to Temple Bat Yam, P. O. Box 5099, Stateline, NV 89449. There is limited seating with a first-come, first-served policy. For more information call Rabbi Jonathan Freirich at (775) 588-4503 or e-mail rabbijonathan@yahoo.com. From the Carson Valley call (775) 267-2761.