Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Tradition! Trump to keep Obama Passover custom alive with Seder Monday

Tradition! Trump to keep Obama Passover custom alive with Seder Monday

Just a few blocks away, Liberow's family prepared food in their home accordance with Jewish law.

Passover (in Hebrew Pesach) celebrates the journey of the Israelites from oppressive slavery under Pharaoh to freedom and the beginning of their journey to the Promised Land.

While Seders follow the ritual order of prayers, readings and eating symbolic foods outlined in the Haggadah (the book that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder), preparations often begin weeks before with rigorously cleaning everything in the kitchen to remove all traces of leavened food, said Rips.

When Pharaoh refused, God unleashed a series of 10 plagues upon Egypt. Moses asked Pharaoh for the Jews' freedom after each of the plagues. For the last plague, God sent an angel to kill all of the first-born children in every household.

Every household would take an unblemished one-year old male lamb and look after it for four days, before slaughtering it at twilight.

On this occasion, let us celebrate not only a major cultural festival, but also the contributions that the Jewish community have made to the mosaic that is Australia's multicultural society. If we really consider the Passover story, not only did the Jews in ancient Egypt have to deal with enslavement, but also tons of frogs falling from the sky and bloody water. It is a pivotal, dramatic moment that marks their journey from slavery to freedom.

The tradition continues: The White House Passover Seder, a much-loved annual gathering of Jewish staffers in the Obama administration who began it and of President Barack Obama himself, will return this year under President Trump. Three young aides organized a Seder in a Harrisburg, Pa., hotel - and were surprised when the candidate himself walked in to join them for the holiday meal. Along the way, they dropped off about 40 pounds of matzah, the unleavened, cracker-like bread of Passover.

Thalblum said the first Seder, held on the first night of Passover, is meant as a gathering for family or close friends.

Rabbi Joseph Topek, of the Hillel Foundation at Stony Brook University, said that ongoing struggle is symbolized by a fifth cup of wine left in the middle of the table at seder dinners that is not consumed. Seder attendees will dip their fingers in the wine and drip the wine on the seder plate to symbolize the blood of each plague. Hillel also received catering from Café Laura and an Orthodox Jewish catering company. However, Thalblum said some synagogues - like Temple Judah - only observe a seven-day Passover. "There were about 35 people in attendance, both Jewish staff and their families who wanted to celebrate the holiday and non-Jewish staff who were interested in learning about the traditions".

President Trump was officially scheduled to host the White House Passover seder last night, according to reports provided by an official within the administration. Friday is Good Friday, marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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