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May 2013

Our Passover Meal

On May 2 nd some visitors came to school to present the ‘Seder’ or Passover meal to both 2nd classes. Traditionally Passover is a special family dinner which is held in the homes of Jews. The reason that 2nd class gets this opportunity is that it gives them a better understanding of Communion. As you know, at the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and broke it and said, ‘This is my body’ at the Passover meal in the Upper Room, in Jerusalem. He said ‘Do this is memory of me’.

The story of Passover is not only told in words. It is also told by the food on the table. Bitter herbs let us know how bitter and hard the Jews found their time as slaves in Egypt. Haroses, a paste made from apples, stands represent the mud bricks which the Jewish slaves were forced to make. A hardboiled egg reminds Jews of their new life of freedom. On the table there is also flatbread, salt water and wine.

When the Jews escaped from Egypt, they did not have time to bake proper bread and could only make the bread that did not have time to rise. Salt water reminds Jews of the tears which the slaves shed.

The meal ends with a search for a piece of flatbread which, earlier on, has been hidden. We had fun. There was a lot of singing and high spirits. The enjoyment of the celebration brought the children closer together. It was a high point of the Communion class year. The children had a lot to tell their parents when they got home. Thank you to Simon, Elsie and Louise and the parents who came to help.

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