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Temple Sinai marks Passover

April 16, 2014
  • Matzah is passed during Passover Seder at Temple Sinai in Glendale on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The Seder service marks the beginning of Passover.
Matzah is passed during Passover Seder at Temple Sinai… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

The Temple Sinai community celebrated the second night of Passover, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the exodus from slavery in ancient Egypt, with a seder Tuesday night at its Glendale social hall.

A seder, a ritual meal that translated into English means order, includes the telling of the Passover story, which features Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, a description of the 12 plagues and the parting of the Red Sea.

Those who observe the eight-day holiday don't eat bread or other leavened food as a reminder that as slaves, the Jews had to rush out of Egypt, with no time to let bread rise. Instead, matzo, or unleavened bread, is consumed. Other food, such as bitter herbs, is eaten as a symbol of the hardship of slavery.

-- Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com

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