Three thousand five hundred years ago, the ancient Hebrews (the ancestors of today's Jewish People) were liberated from slavery after having served their cruel Egyptian masters for two hundred ten years. The Torah tells us that G-d freed them with tremendous wonders and miracles. Every year the Jewish people commemorate this monumental historic event through the celebration of the Passover holiday. In Israel, Passover is celebrated for seven days and in the Diaspora, Passover lasts for eight days. Through the words of the Torah, G-d has given the Jewish People several mitzvoth (commandments) to enhance the significance and holiness of the yearly occasion. The primary ones that are most important to mention are the mitzvah to eat matzah and maror (bitter herbs), the prohibition to eat chametz (unleavened bread or other baked goods), and to tell the story in detail to our children. These mitzvoth, and others as well, are incorporated into the Passover Seder.
The Passover seder table should be set up with the finest dishes, glasses and cutlery in the household. After all, this is a celebration about freedom from slavery and we are to dine as if we were kings or queens, who symbolized independence and freedom in ancient times!
Along with setting the table with the finest tableware, each person attending the Passover seder is given a copy of the special Passover "instruction manual" known as the Passover Haggadah. Each copy of the Passover Haggadah is placed beside the plate on the Passover seder table that is reserved for each person. Special trays for the matzah, and the specialty food items are used as well as hiding the afikomen bag. You will find everything here!