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Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the haggadah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.

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Havdalah and a Saturday Night Seder

Curious about what happens with Havdalah when one of the Passover seders falls on a Saturday night, as it does this year? The short answer is that we don’t do a regular havdalah ceremony, instead we add an abbreviated havdalah blessing, after the festival kiddush and before Shehecheyanu, when we get to the first cup of wine. Find all the details, including recordings of the blessings and the text in Hebrew, English and transliteration here.
 
 
 
Sat, September 25 2021 19 Tishrei 5782