One of the most important Jewish religious celebrations is Passover, or Pesach. Observed during the spring, Passover is an eight day event commemorating the freedom of Jewish peoples from slavery in Egypt. It is an occasion when Jews spend time with friends and family to reflect, remember, celebrate and give thanks. One of the most important events during Passover is a ritual meal called Seder. Seder is held on the first two nights of Passover. During this meal, specific foods are prepared to represent elements of the Passover story. A Seder plate, like this one, is used to serve the special meal. Each section of the plate is labeled with a specific food to be served. Another plate holds unleavened bread called matzoh. It is unleavened because it had no time to rise before the Jews fled Egypt. The Cup of Elijah holds wine as an offering to the Prophet Elijah. During Seder, the door of the home is left open to welcome the Prophet Elijah. In addition to the Seder plate, a family uses a special set of dishes only to be eaten upon during Passover. During Seder, a special book called the Haggadah is read. This book carefully describes the Seder ritual and may take several hours to complete. This set was made in Israel about 1995.
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