Two of the most important holidays in Christianity and Judaism coincided this weekend, a rare occurrence. After celebrating Easter with my family in Roanoke, I went to my first Passover Seder with my friend Robyn, hosted by the Jewish Student Association at the University of Mary Washington. (She wrote a story about it for the Free Lance-Star.) A Passover Seder is essentially a ceremonial, drawn out meal, with many symbolic foods and prayers.
The eight-day Passover, which goes April 6-14 this year, begins with the evening Seder. The holiday commemorates the Exodus of from Egypt after generations of slavery—or the Moses and Red Sea story that we’re all familiar with. (I’ve copied the full story that was read at our Seder at the bottom of this post.)