Passover (On My Own Holidays) by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

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But Passover is not over. Many Jewish families have another seder the next night. 46 Some Jewish families also go to their synagogue during Passover. And many Jews will eat only special Passover food for the rest of the holiday. Next year, they will gather together again. They will remember how the Jewish people became free. And they will tell their children how important freedom is for everyone in the world. 47 Passover Words afikomen (ah-fee-KOH-muhn): a piece of matzah that is hidden during the seder beitzah (bay-TZA): a roasted egg on the seder plate that represents spring and new life charoset (khah-ROH-set): usually a mixture of apples, nuts, and cinnamon that stands for the material Israelite slaves used to make bricks Haggadah (hah gah DAH): a book used at the seder that tells the story of Passover karpas (kahr-PAHS): usually parsley.

The seder plate holds food that reminds the Jewish people of the Passover story. Each food has a name in Hebrew, the traditional language of the Jews. Karpas is a green vegetable, such as parsley. It is green like new life in spring. It reminds Jewish people that the Israelites were freed in the spring. People at the seder dip the vegetable in salty water to remember the slaves’ tears. Maror is bitter herbs. People use horseradish or bitter lettuce. It stands for the bitterness of slavery. Charoset is a mixture of chopped apples and nuts.

Passover comes in March or April. But it always begins on the 15th of Nisan, the seventh month of the Jewish year. Many Jews observe Passover for eight days. 30 Many Jewish families get ready for Passover before the holiday begins. They clean their houses. They buy special food for Passover. During Passover, many families eat matzah instead of bread. They also eat other foods made just for Passover. The matzah and other foods help Jews remember their escape from slavery. On the first night of Passover, Jewish families have a seder.

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