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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April f Passover-. Every generation Edith Schulman is a free- where in the world, an extra April 13, and Easter is cole- try, reminiscent of the sacri- symbols on the Seder lance writer who lives in day is added because of un- brated on April 11. rice of the lamb in Egypt. Then, he calls on Maitland, Florida. She is a certainty in times past over According to the Bible, Mater  root of horse- youngest child at frequent contributor to both exactly when Passover oc- the Jews left Egypt in such radish (bitter herbs) a symbol (who can read) to ask l Christian and Jewish periodi- curs. haste that they did not have of the bitterness endured in Four Questions, whicl cals. Passover (or Pesach in time to properly prepare for Egypt. designed to point out the Hebrew) is celebrated by the journey. One aspect of Karpas  A sprig of youngsters why this By EDITH SCHULMAN more Jews than any other hol- that was that they didn't have parsley or watercress, repro- different from all Special to the Message iday. Although services are time to properly prepare their senting the spring of the year. nights. His answers retell held in the bread; that Charoset-- a mixture "And Moses said unto synagogue on is, to give it of chopped apples, walnuts, story of the exodus. Next the karpas the people: Remember this the first, sec- time to rise. cinnamon and wine, a re- day, in which you came out end, and last So they minder of the mortar that the is dipped in salt from Egypt, out of the house days of began the Jews were forced to make for represents the tears of bondage;for by strength of Passover, it is journey that their Egyptian taskmasters, sion) and eaten. hand the Lord brought you primarily cole- was to take Baytza a hard-boiled middle matzah is broken: out from this place..." Exodus brated in the 40 years egg, browned in its shell, is two; half is eaten home with a with unleav- symbolic of the sacrifice later, the leader will I3:3 service called ened bread, brought in the days when the other half (called a Seder (which As a result, Temple stood in Jerusalem. Afikomen). It is The deliverance of the means order), for Passover All of these symbols (ex- the children to search Jews from the bondage of the The order of one's house cept the matzohs) are placed Afikomon after dinner, Egyptians, and their exodus the service is must be on a special Seder plate. Here prize is given to the from Egypt under the leader- set down in a emptied on tad, some are very fine and finds it. It is then eaten ship of Moses, was such a book called a Haggadah. all leavened products others are simpler. Besides end of the meal. monumental event in the his- There is a wide choice of (chametz); that is, anything these symbols, four,glasses of Then a special tory of the Jewish people that Haggadahs available, from that is fermented. It is the wine are provided for each is made, a reminder of it is remembered by every very simple ones that can be custom to sell chametz to a participant. Two are drunk lel's practice in ancient generation. Hillel Seidman in his gotten free of charge from car- rabbi, who izi turn sells it to a before the Passover meal. The It is made by tain companies, to very elabo- non-Jew. The non-Jew is con- other two are drunk when the book "The Glory of the Jew- rate, beautiful, and costly sidered the owner of all the services continue after the pieces of matzah and ish Holidays," explains that ones. Regardless of their sim- chametz during the holiday, meal. There are four cups be- some of the "The Biblical account in the plicity or elaborateness, they It is understood that for a cause the bible uses four charoset on them. NoW Book of Exodus relates that all give the same order for the monetary consideration, the verbs in describing the drama time for the Pa after Moses had unsuccess- service, chametz is returned to the of the Redemption from slav- After the meal, fully pleaded with Pharaoh to Seders are held on the Jew. Matzah is unleavened ery: "I will bring you out of said. Two more gla: release the Israelites from night before the first day of bread (though it looks like a Egypt; I will deliver you from wine are drunk; the slavery, God smote the Egyp- Passover and the following large cracker), made from bondage; I will redeem you opened for Elijah, and tians with 10 plagues in rapid night (again, because of the flour and water, prepared for with an outstretched arm; prayer is said. The succession. Only then, in des- uncertainty of knowing ex- baking quickly so that it does and I will take you to Me for completed with holit peration, did Pharoah relent actly when the first day oc- not become fermented, a people." songs, and a special feeli: and let the Children of Israel curs when one lives away Matzah is eaten for the eight An additional cup of family closeness. go." Incidentally, the Bible from the Holy Land). days of Passover. wine is set on the table and Now, once aga never refers to Pharoah by his The connection between The Seder consists of a designated for the Prophet generations past, name, and no one knows for Jesus and Passover is impor- service before the meal, the Elijah, for he is invited to have recited the stoI JmrowhichPharoah it was. tent. According to the synop- meal itself, and a concluding enter every Jewish home on Redemption from The holiday of Pa,s6ver tigospels, Jesus died on the service after the nma]. The this night, and the door is as it is told in derives its name from the fact fifteenth of the Jewish month Seder is a festive occasion opened wide for him. Manv 10: /" that the tenth plague visited of Nisan, the first day of and the best linens and spe- believe that his return will "'And you shall upon the Egyptians was the Passover. Thus, Leonardo da cial china and silverware, mark the advent of peace and slaying of the firstborn. God Vinci's "The Last Supper" is used only during Passover, harmony among all peoples your son in that day, commanded the Israelites to believed to be a Seder, con- are put on the table. But even and nations. His name has be- This is done becat smear the door frames of their ducted by Jesus for the bone- more important are the sym- come synonymous with the which the Lord did houses with the blood of a fit of his disciples. At that bols placed on the table far Messianic Age, and his return when I came fort lamb so that the Angel of time, Passover was already use during the service. These is anticipated each year. Egypt. And it Death would see the blood more than..a thousand-year- are: The service begins with a sign unto you upotl and 'pass over" their houses old observance. Three matzos  placed prayer thanking God for giv- hand, and for a as he slayed the firstborn of Passover and Easter fro- one on top of another, on a ing the festivals to Israel. tween your eyes, avery Egyptian household. A quently coincide, because special plate covered with a Then the leader (usually the Lord's law may be frequently overlooked fact is both are determined by the special cloth or white napkin, father of the household) mouth;for withe strong that God also slew the first- moon. The entire Jewish cal- They represent the three divi- washes his hands in accor- has the Lord brought born of the cattle, endar is reckoned by the sions of Jews: Cohans (the dance with the ancient prac- of Egypt. You shall Passover is an eight-day moon, and Easter occurs on priests), Levis (the assistants tice of ritual purification, keep this ordinance in its celebration. The Bible says the first Sunday after the first to the priests), and Israelites Next, the leader explains the son from year to year' that it is to be a seven-day full moon after the vernal (the commoners). celebration (Exodus 12:15}, equinox. This year, Passover Zeoa -- the roasted and'so it is in Israel. But else- occurs on April 6 through shank bone or neck of poul- ................ ' ............... SCHNEIDE Thanks for here at Fort Sill, but I also news of home. RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, long for my church family , Thank you for remember- 118 W. 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