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Passover Seder gathering

Posted: March 30, 2010 11:10 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Members of Or Emet, a Jewish Congregation for Jewish Living observe the Passover holiday after lighting the candles during the second night of the Passover Seder.

 
Members of Or Emet, a Jewish Congregation for Jewish Living observe the Passover holiday after lighting the candles during the second night of the Passover Seder.

The primary observances of Pesach — as it is known to Jews — are related to the exodus of Jews from Egypt after generations of slavery. Weeks before the holidays, families prepare by cleaning their homes of anything chametz (any product that contains wheat, barley, oats, spelt or rye that has leavened or risen).

During the weeklong holiday, Jews substitute chametz for matzah (crisp, flat, unleavened bread made from flour and water, which is baked before the dough has time to rise).

Eating matzah commemorates the unleavened bread eaten by the Jews when they left Egypt, and had no time to wait for their dough to rise.

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