Time For Passover at Be’er Hagolah

IMG_1484BY: PAMELA STERN

Passover, or Pesach as it is called in Hebrew, is a major holiday in the Jewish religion. At the Be’er Hagolah School, students have been prepping and preparing for their Passover Seder.

Students in each grade have their very own preparations that they will be following.

Students will learn the four questions that the youngest child will recite at their Seder at home. These questions are a very important part of the Seder. In English, we are asking; Why is this night different from all other nights? The seder leader replies; on all other nights we eat bread or matzoh, on all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables and herbs, but on this night we have to eat bitter herbs, on all other nights we don’t dip our vegetables in salt water, but on this night we dip them twice, on all other nights we eat while sitting upright, but on this night we eat reclining.

IMG_1442Be’er Hagolah students in the first, second and third grades had a model seder which the students enjoyed because they got to have a “seder” with their friends. Students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades were working on and producing their very own Haggadah (a book that is used during the Passover Seder).

In Ms. Grossman’s third grade class, each student goes home with their very own seder plate. Ms. Grossman teaches her classes what items are on the seder plate and allows the students to take it home with them.

IMG_1464The Passover seder plate contains six symbolic items; Karpas, which is usually parsley or celery which is dipped into salt water which represents the tears that the Israelites shed during their enslavement in Egypt, Shank Bone, which is representative of the sacrifice of the slaying of the first born. During this time, doorposts were marked with the blood of a lamb when death passed over Egypt, Roasted -Hard Boiled Egg, which is traditionally symbolic and once the seder begins people dip a hard-boiled egg into salt water as the first food of the actual meal, Charoset, is a mixture of apples, nuts, wine and spices. This is represents the mortar that the Israelites were forced to use while making structures for their Egyptian masters, Bitter Herbs, (usually Horseradish) are eaten to be reminded of the harshness that the Israelites endured, Bitter Vegetable, this also symbolizes the bitterness of slavery.

Older students in Be’er Hagolah made pillowcases for their fathers to recline in. Fathers are usually the leaders of the seder and should be treated like King. The students and faculty of Be’er Hagolah wish everyone a Happy Pesach!

Photo courtesy of: Be’er Hagolah