Happy Passover for all our Jewish readers!
The difference is that people in ancient times who lived far from Jerusalem could not know when a new month under the Hebrew lunar calendar had been officially declared and, in turn, could not be sure of the exact date.
From someone who has partaken in seemingly-endless Passover seders and opened countless boxes of matzoh for 18 years, here are a few semi-annoying yet endearing quirks that make Passover, Passover.
Since Seders are family-oriented meals, Lerman said the center's Seders typically attract single people or people without Jewish family nearby.
During the eight days of the holidays leaven bread is not allowed and instead matzah, unleavened bread, is eaten. The JDC worked in such camps, where one of their roles was to provide for holidays as part of their mission of supplying the spiritual needs of the people - including providing "massive" shipments of the eggs, matzo, wine and other foods needed for a proper seder. Much of the kitchen was covered in aluminum foil, part of an additional effort to separate food prepared for Passover from surfaces that had been in contact non-Passover cooking.
The Chabad House will be open throughout the holiday for anyone looking to observe and share Kosher for Passover meals.
Matzah is the star of a portion of the Seder meal called Maggid, during which blessings are said over the bread and the youngest child in attendance sings the Ma Nishtana, or "The Four Questions".
On Monday afternoon, 14-year-old Zalman Liberow meticulously washed the lettuce and examined each leaf for bugs.
The Christian holiday has come to be the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or soonest after March 21. "We soak it in the water, we check it by the light, and we dry it".
"Together with citizens of my country, I'm wholeheartedly joining in your celebration", he said.
Rabbi Joseph Topek, of the Hillel Foundation at Stony Brook University, said that ongoing struggle is symbolized by a fifth cup of wine left in the middle of the table at seder dinners that is not consumed.
It wasn't immediately known who would be attending Monday night's event.
The teaching of Passover is universal, he said. Passover encourages us to work on obtaining personal freedom by breaking free of things that limit us and gaining the confidence and self-control to do what is right.
There are 14 steps or scene to a Passover Seder, Geller said.
To prepare for Passover, some families will clean their homes of leavened items (items containing yeast) by throwing them away, covering them in the pantry or wrapping them to store, according to Barnett. "This Seder is an excellent opportunity for Jewish People living in West Tennessee who are not close to home, where a Seder is usually observed, or aren't affiliated with any other Jewish families or congregations to be able to celebrate this important holiday in welcoming company", he added.