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Festivals. Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life,
sustained us and allowed us to reach this season.
It of course goes without saying that a festive meal would have been prepared ready
to be served at the appropriate time.
And while the men go to the synagogue, she has a well-earned rest.
All is now ready; the table is laid with the best tablecloth and the special crockery
cutlery and glasses, kept from one Pesach to another. The wine, the Matzoth and Seder Plate
are placed on the table and for each participant a copy of the Haggadah. Because this is the
Festival of Freedom, the Rabbis have decreed that we must eat the Seder meal as Free men,
and not slaves. Free men have no need to hurry over their meal, while slaves eat while at
their work. To differentiate this night from all other nights we eat our meal in a leaning
position as they did during the time of the Temple, when free men ate on special couches.
Nowadays cushions are provided for all the men in order that they may lean to the left when
eating the Matzah...
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