Members of the Jewish Community of the Algarve will be celebrating the First Night of the eight-day Passover festival with a communal Seder (dinner) on Monday, March 29.
At the Seder, there will be the traditional reading of the Hagada, the story of slavery suffered under the Pharaohs in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and the subsequent Exodus of the Israelites from slavery.
This story is related to those present in the form of a response to four questions posed by the youngest person present at the Seder and, in this way, the story is passed down through the generations.
The Hagada tells the story of how the Pharaoh had decreed that all babies born in slavery were to be drowned in the river Nile, however one mother placed her child in a floating basket to save him and it was the Pharaoh’s own daughter who found this baby and raised him in the Royal court as Moses.
Moses had been chosen by God to free the Israelites from slavery and when they were eventually allowed to leave Egypt, Moses led the Israelites to freedom by parting the Red Sea and allowing them to cross safely while pursing soldiers were left to drown.
Following the reading of the Hagada, there is then a Seder where special foods are eaten in commemoration of the hardships of slavery.
For further information about the Seder, please contact Ralf Pinto by calling 282 416 710 or email [email protected] For further information about the Faro Jewish Heritage Centre, please visit www.arojewishheritagecentre.org (available in English).