The community ritual Passover Seder feast marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, St. George, Utah, April 15, 2022 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News
ST. GEORGE- The ritual feast of the community Passover Seder warmly welcomed residents and guests of southern Utah on Friday night. The evening marked the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
“The Seder is a very, very special time,” said Rabbi Mendy Cohen, who leads Chabad from southern Utah.
Chabad is a religious philosophy that teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator through three qualities which include Wisdom (Hochmah, Understanding (Binah), and Knowledge (Daat).
The Passover Seder is the dinner that takes attendees on a journey of freeing the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt. The Seder is also celebrated on Saturday evenings, Rabbi Cohen said.
Rabbi Cohen explained that Passover focuses on the story of the Book of Exodus (Chemot) in the Jewish Torah. The Seder dinner is based on the Biblical verse commanding officer Jews to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. “You will say to your child on that day, saying: ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’” (Exodus 13:8).
“This year, as we sit down for our Seder, we will welcome those in need locally, and the needs of those who are suffering around the world will also be on our minds,” Rabbi Cohen said. “In Kabbalistic teachings, matzo is called the ‘bread of faith’ and the ‘bread of healing,’ and we will share matzo with the community at a time when faith, hope and healing are more important than ever. required.”
Additionally, Rabbi Cohen discussed Chabad, which is a religious philosophy that teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator through three qualities that include Wisdom (Chochmah), Understanding (Binah), and Knowledge (Daat).
Additionally, Rabbi Cohen shared with attendees what Passover cuisine means and why it is served.
The food served included gefilte fish and traditional round unleavened “Shmurah” Matzah. The organizers provided grape juice and wine.
The best-known Passover foods are maror (bitter herbs) and matzo (unleavened bread), which recall the haste with which slaves left Egypt because they had no time to get up. bread, according to the old farmer’s almanac. Also, during Passover, no leavened or fermented food or drink is consumed. This includes cakes, cookies, cereal, pasta, and most alcoholic beverages.
Attendees at Friday’s Seder enjoyed singing songs in Hebrew, and Rabbi Cohen gave many insights into their traditions and songs. Traditional hand washing and candle lighting were also experimented with.
Historically, Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis across Europe have welcomed over 30,000 refugees from Ukraine at their Passover Seders in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. According to a press release, thousands more refugees will receive Passover food parcels, enabling them to celebrate the holiday despite their hardships. In St George, the Jewish Synagogue joined efforts to save lives. Many members of the community have contributed to the Relief Fund for Jews in Ukraine.
According to the press release, approximately four million hand-baked Shmurah Matzah, or unleavened bread, will be distributed by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement this year.
The Chabad Jewish Center offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programs for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. For more information, contact us at (435) 619-6630 or visit online at www.JewishSU.com.
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