This week also represents the week of Passover also known as Pesach.
Pesach celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. The name is derived from the 10th plague. When the first-born sons of Egypt die but the angel of death passes over all the homes of Israelites. For the next eight nights, a special meal is eaten to represent the flight from Egypt as it is recounted in the special book called Haggadah…each Jewish denomination might do this differently but in general, this is what is served at the Seder.
Seder consists of Passover Lamb, eaten with unleavened bread (matzah) and bitter herbs (maror). All the Seder foods are symbols of the Exodus story. Unleavened bread is the “bread of affliction” eaten by Israelites in Egypt. Traditionally a place is laid at the table for the prophet Elijah, who will usher in the Messiah.