The Passover Haggadah PDF – Overview
The Passover Haggadah – The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is conducted throughout the world on the eve of the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar (i.e., at the start of the 15th; a Hebrew day begins at sunset).
The day falls in late March or in April of the Gregorian calendar and the Passover lasts for seven days in Israel and eight days outside Israel. Jews generally observe one or two seders: in Israel, one seder is observed on the first night of Passover; many Jewish diaspora communities hold a seder also on the second night.
The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
Seder customs include telling the story, discussing the story, drinking four cups of wine, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder plate, and reclining in celebration of freedom. The Seder is the most commonly celebrated Jewish ritual, performed by Jews all over the world.
The Passover Haggadah
Table of Contents of The Passover Haggadah
- About the Jewish Federations of North America
- Preparing for the Seder
- Lighting the Yom Tov Candles
- Seder: The Passover Service
- Sanctifying the Day
- Dipping Parsley in Salt Water
- Breaking the Middle Matzah
- The Seder Narrative
The Four Questions
The Four Children
The Ten Plagues
Explanation of Passover Symbols
- Blessing at the Start of the Meal
- Blessing over Matzah
- Eating of Bitter Herbs
- Matzah and Charoset Sandwich
- The Afikomen Dessert Matzah
- Grace after the Meal
- Praises and Blessings
- Closing Section and Songs
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