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April 18th, 2011
09:50 AM ET

Let my people go: Understanding the Passover Seder

CNN.com Religion Editor Dan Gilgoff explains the Jewish festival of Passover, which starts at sundown Monday and commemorates the Israelites' liberation from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago.

Watch the video above to learn more about the Seder - the meal in which the story of Exodus is told - and the various symbols used during the holiday, including matzo (unleavened bread), bitter herbs, salt water and a lamb shank bone.

We'd like to hear from you: Tell us how you're celebrating Passover this year. Are you doing anything different at your Seder?

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Food • Holidays • Judaism • Moses

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    June 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  3. Bonnie

    I would like to destroy the myth that unleavened bread was eaten by the Israelites because there was no time for baking. Please read the Holy Scriptures in Exodus Chapter 12 and you will see that Almighty God commanded Moses to tell the people to put no leaven in their bread, beginning on the 10th day of the month. This entire event was preplanned by God and He also commanded the Passover or Festival of unfermented cakes (no yeast) be celebrated in honor of what He had done for the Israelites; This is to celebrated perpetually in rememberance of God's mighty deeds; a festival to Him.

    April 23, 2011 at 11:50 am |
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