Seders, other traditions on tap for Passover

Seders, other traditions on tap for Passover

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Seders, other traditions on tap for Passover

By Mark Hicks, The Detroit News | April 22, 2016

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Rabbi Mendel Stein, center, 31, of Southfield, delivers a package of shmurah matzah to Seymour Lusky, right, 78, and his wife, Harriett Lusky, left, 74, of West Bloomfield Township, as Harriett cooks for their family's Passover celebration. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News

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. . . Traditionally, observers recall how ancient Israelites evaded death — the final plague wrought against Egypt — and fled bondage.

Those ancestors bolted so quickly they lacked time to let their dough rise, the Book of Exodus recounts. Today, descendants honor that by eating matzah, an unleavened form of bread.

Students at the Lubavitch Yeshiva International School for Chabad Leadership in Oak Park long have delivered handmade shmurah ones to Jews throughout the region around Passover.



"We’re told this is the food of our faith because it represents the faith that Jews had in God when they left Egypt,"

“We’re told this is the food of our faith because it represents the faith that Jews had in God when they left Egypt,” said Rabbi Mendel Stein, the school’s development director.

Stein brought some to Jay Novetsky, an ophthalmologist from Southfield. To him, Passover affords plenty of opportunities to remember past restoration, present religious freedom and future generations.

“The biblical commandment is that we should tell the story to our children,” he said. “My father told the story to me, my grandfather told the story to my father. ... This year, I look forward very much to telling the story not only to my children, but also to my grandchildren so that the chain of tradition that comes all the way from the time of receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai is perpetuated again and again.”

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