Passover Comes to a Close

CHS students reflect on what Passover means to them.


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Parsley used for a seder plate (“Karpas” in hebrew). It is said to represent new beginnings.

Each year, millions of Jews across the world gather for Passover, the eight-day holiday that celebrates the Jewish liberation in Egypt and its message of perseverance. As Passover ends, it is important to look back at its impact on CHS students.

One of Passover’s most notable aspects is how communal it is. On the first two nights, participants will gather for a dinner service called a Seder. In this dinner, a book called a Hagaddah is typically read. The book tells the story of how the Jews fled from Egypt along with songs and prayers.

“One of [my traditions] is during Dayenu (a song during the Seder), we buy a bunch of really long green onions and stand up in a circle and hit each other,” said CHS senior Scarlett London. “I feel like there’s so many traditions associated with [Passover]. I look forward to it even more than Hannukkah or any other Jewish holiday.”

Outside of Seders, Passover can be looked at in a more personal sense due to its urge to make people more courageous. This dates back to the story of the Jews escaping Egypt, the story told on Passover. People look back on this courageous effort by their ancestors and commemorate it through the holiday. During the holiday, participants will not eat leavened bread for eight days: instead, they eat matzah, an unleavened and cracker-esque bread.

“[Passover] is a time I’m reminded of my Jewish identity,” said CHS senior Elliot Bramson. “I don’t really celebrate a lot of holidays in spring, unlike the fall where all of the high holidays happen. Passover is like a reminder of [those holidays] as we also celebrate it with friends and family.”

With the holiday ending on Apr. 13, 2023, Jews hope to maintain their courageous achievements started from Passover. Even with its many interpretations, Passover proves to be one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays due to its traditions and social aspects.

“[Passover] symbolizes strength to keep tradition and to maintain connection with each other,” said CHS senior Joey Lopez. “What sets it apart from other Jewish holidays is a deep reflection on what our values are as Jews and how we connect with the wider world.”