LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) hosted an in-person Seder-To-Stay for Passover on Wednesday.
The Seder is a celebration of the birth of the Jewish people. According to Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky, the freedom of Jewish people, who were slaved more than 3,000 years ago in Egypt, is what’s celebrated on Passover. He says Passover Seder plates traditionally hold six symbolic foods including matzah, a chicken bone, hard boiled egg, bitter herbs and a mixture of apples, nuts and wine.
The Rabbi said the Jewish community also drinks four cups of red wine to celebrate their freedom and recite the Haggadah, that tells the story of Exodus on Passover.
“On this night based on observances that they see, we eat the matzah, the bitter herbs and this is on the Hebrew calendar. This is the day we left Egypt and we consider that the birth of the Jewish nation,” said Rabbi Kosofksy.
Rabbi Kosofsky says the chicken bone and hard boiled egg is to remember sacrifice and the ancient temple in Jerusalem. The bitter herbs, to remember slavery, and a clay mixture to remember the cement used while the Jews were enslaved in Egypt.