Passover is Zeman Heiruteinu, the Season of Our Freedom from Slavery in Egypt. The highlight of the festival is the Seder, the ritualized “retelling” of the story of the Exodus. We are guided by special songs, foods, and symbols – including matzah (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), haroset (a tasty dish of apples, nuts, and wine), 4 cups of wine, and more. In preparation for the holiday, Jews take special care to clear their houses of hametz (leaven), which cannot be consumed throughout the 8-day festival. The liturgy of the first day of the holiday includes Tefilat Tal, the Prayer for Dew upon the conclusion of the rainy season in Israel. Services on the last day include the Yizkor memorial prayers, and each daily service includes a special Torah reading.
At B’nai Israel, we are eager to ensure that anyone who desires is invited to celebrate the Seder with a member of our community. If you have extra spaces at your seder table or are looking for a seder to attend, contact Rabbi Berkowitz’s office. Popular family programming for the holiday includes Matzah Brei Mania (children and adults make the popular breakfast treat at the synagogue) and our annual Pesah Pizza Party.
Large Print Haggadot From the Jewish Braille Institute of America