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Congregation Beth Israel celebrates Passover


HAWLEY, PA — The Jewish holiday of Passover, observing the Biblical story of the exodus from Egypt and the freeing of the Hebrew slaves and also celebrating the coming of spring, will begin on the evening of Monday, April 14, corresponding to the Hebrew date of the 15th day of the month of Nisan. This year, the Congregation Beth Israel will observe the Seder meal at the Settlers Inn, conducted by Rabbi Allan Smith, on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15. Anyone interested in attending should call Nina Lassley at 570/253-7820.

The festival is observed with celebratory meals on the first and second evening. These are called Seder, meaning Order, because the meal and ritual surrounding it consists of 14 parts. The story of the Exodus is retold. Prayers of praise to God before and after the meal are recited. The eating of special symbolic foods symbolizing slavery and then freedom are eaten. The Bible proclaims that for seven days no leavened bread is eaten, only Matzah.