For some cultural refinement, or perhaps for Joen to meet a nice jewish boy, we went to a BYU hosted Seder this weekend. Disappointingly, there was virtually no jewish people there (besides Joann who be reppin') and no rabbi. It was a great experience and even though everything was so new and different to many of us, the general feel of the room was accepting and excited to embrace it. And thus we did.
Joann and I eating Matza (unleavened bread).
Warning: if you ever go to a Seder be prepared to eat LOTS of this stuff- but no worries it's pretty great.
There was lots of praying involved, since this is a religious ceremony for the Jewish people. The brother who lead it (an LDS professor at BYU/ the Jerusalem center) would sing the prayers beautifully in Hebrew and then we would all repeat it together in English. We all had the prayers in this little guide called the Hagaddah- traditionally every Jewish family has their own version of a Hagaddah. Families can pick and choose what they want said at their feast but basically the three elements needed for it to be an official passover feast are:
1. unleavened bread
2. bitter herbs
4. story of the exodus
One prayer he sang:
" Baruch Ata, Adunai Elohenu Melek ha-olan..."
Here's a video of us eating the bitter herbs...
(horseradish + onion)
Our entirely Kosher meal.
As part of the ceremony we have to drink four cups of wine (in this case grape juice) leaning to the left.
Unfortunately, I only got through two before I got sick.
( too much food....)
Basically I decided that Passover is just like Thanksgiving. These people do it in remembrance of the Exodus and in a sense of gratitude for the freedom they now have (and they eat LOTS of food).
Our Passover was a little different though, in that at the end of the evening the professor leading us tied it in to Christ and his sacrifice. It was a beautiful beginning to the Easter Season.