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Chabad Jewish Center to offer community Passover Seder feast

by Mordey Richler
Special to the Tahoe DailyTribune

For more than 3,300 years, Jewish families from all over gather around the festive table on the eve of Passover to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and celebrate the "Seder" feast.

The Passover Seder, which actually means "order," incorporates 15 multi-sensory steps that reach deep into the human psyche in every way possible and all at once: Rich melodies, dynamic visuals, prayers and stories, even the visceral senses of taste, smell and touch are part of the interminable tradition.

The Seder is a time to re-tell the story of the Exodus and the history of the nation's birth, but also much more. The observances at the Seder table allow one to actually re-experience a modern-day Exodus; facilitating one's own spiritual rebirth and enabling him or her to forge a new path toward a life of holiness and spiritual meaning. The Seder is a whole-person experience, empowering each man, woman and child with a renewed sense of inner freedom and spiritual resolve.

The Passover Haggadah, which records the Seder's narrative, states that in each generation man must see himself as if he had personally gone out of Egypt. Judaism teaches that Egypt and its nefarious Pharaoh symbolize the negative forces that constrict man. The slavery in Egypt represents the emotional and psychological shackles that confine and enslave the human spirit, constraining one's ability to live up to his or her fullest spiritual potential.

The Chabad Jewish Center is opening its doors for a community-wide public Passover Seder. This event is open to all, no membership required, regardless of affiliation, or financial means. RSVP is required.

The event will be held 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Chabad Jewish Center. A four-course holiday dinner will be served with hand-baked Matzah and choice of wine.

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The suggested donation is $50 for adults, $25 for children.

For more information, call 530-314-7677, or visit http://www.JewishTahoe.com.