Chabad Offers Passover Resources and Contemporary Messages
Celebrating a Chocolate Seder, watching the 10 plagues come to life, creating an heirloom Seder plate – Chabad of Orange County, directed by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, approaches the holiday of Passover with a contemporary twist.
“Jewish holidays are not just traditions,” explains Chana Burston, ”but spiritual conduits for life today. The Jews broke free of Egyptian slavery over 3,000 years ago – this holiday symbolizes breaking free of the negative habits which ‘enslave us.’”
The eight-day Jewish festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Friday, April 30.
Passover commemorates the miraculous exodus of the Jewish People from Egyptian slavery. Directed by G-d to leave hastily, the nation of a few million could not even wait for their dough to rise and ate unleavened bread. To commemorate this miraculous exodus, Jews abstain from eating — or even owning or benefiting from — any leavened substance during the eight days of Passover (and a part of the day preceding it). On the first two nights (in Israel: only the first night) of the holiday a Seder (literally: Order) is held to commemorate the liberation from Egypt. Seder requirements include eating matzah, four cups of wine (or grape juice), bitter herbs (to recall the pain of the Egyptian enslavement), and recounting the exodus story.
Children of all ages have been experiencing the excitement and lessons of the holiday. Babies and toddlers at Chabad’s Musical Mommy & Me enjoyed Passover puppets, songs and crafts. Students at the Chabad Hebrew School celebrated a Chocolate Seder which highlighted the rituals of the Passover traditions through with a sweet twist. Older students learned the technique of wood burning as they designed beautiful Seder plates to adorn their holiday table. Teen volunteers acted out the story of the 10 Plagues with props and sound effects, and students of all ages enjoyed the performance.
Chabad is hosting two community Seders: 1st Seder – Friday, March 30, 2018, at 6:45pm. 2nd Seder – Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 8:00pm. Enjoy a delicious, meaningful, interactive, fun and educational Seder, spices with stories, song and humor. Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, along with their children, will facilitate the inter-generational program. Reservations must be made in advance by contacting Chabad at 845-782-2770.
1 – Chabad of Orange County, located in Chester, celebrates Passover
2 – Andrew Redling, 10, of Monroe, shows Rabbi Pesach Burston his colorful, chocolate Matza created at Chabad Hebrew School.