On April 7, 2016, Tyndale employees participated in the Passover Experience with Justin Kron. The purpose of this interactive presentation was to gain a greater understanding of the Jewish roots of our faith and engage in God’s story of redemption through “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
This year’s Passover and Feast of the Unleavened Bread begins the evening of Friday, April 22, and ends the evening of Saturday, April 30. Passover is one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish calendar. Jews celebrate the Passover and Feast of the Unleavened Bread to commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. The Seder, a festive holiday meal that means “order”, takes participants on a journey from slavery to freedom. The ceremony begins with a blessing recited over the first of four cups of wine: “Blessed art thou, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who hast created the fruit of the vine.”
Tyndale employees enjoyed roasted chicken with potatoes, carrots, and Matzah ball soup, read traditional Scripture passages, and tasted the Seder elements. Justin shared Jewish history and asked thought provoking questions. He finished by inviting everyone to stand and sing Amazing Grace.
Introduction to the Seder Plate
The Shank Bone
A piece of roasted meat represents the lamb that was the special Paschal sacrifice on the eve of the exodus from Egypt.
A hard-boiled egg represents the holiday offering brought in the days of the Holy Temple. The meat of this animal constituted the main part of the Passover meal.
The Bitter Herbs
Bitter herbs (maror) points to the bitterness of the slavery of the forefathers in Egypt. Fresh grated horseradish, romaine lettuce, and endive are the most common choices.
A mixture of apples, nuts and wine which resembles the mortar and brick made by the Jews when they toiled for Pharaoh.
A non-bitter root vegetable alludes to the backbreaking work of the Jews as slaves. The Hebrew letters of the word karpas can be arranged to spell “perech samech”.
The lettuce symbolizes the bitter enslavement of our fathers in Egypt. The leaves of romaine lettuce are not bitter, but the stem, when left to grow in the ground, turns hard and bitter.
Descriptions found on Chabad.org.
The Seder Table.
The chair traditionally left open for a possible visit from the prophet Elijah.
Tables set for Tyndale employees with Seder elements.
Tyndale employees enjoy roasted chicken with potatoes, carrots, and Matzah ball soup.