|A Seder table setting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The house is trimmed in white artifacts: tablecloth/napkins, candles, the father wears a white robe called a kittle. And the Kosher wife has a set of white dishes used only for the Passover dinner.
The woman by custom does not preside over the Seder, but she lights the candles. This is apt symbolism as a woman carried the Light of the world. Although, if your read the first comment below, her role is not written in stone.
During the feast, four cups of wine are drunk--and in order for the meal to be Kosher, all four must be drunk by everyone--including the children. But don't worry. According to my dear friend, Shelley, some cups are smaller than others.
- Cup 1--Sanctification
- Cup 2--Judgment
- Cup 3--Redemption
- Cup 4--Praise
Tomorrow we'll look at the activities as each of these cups is drunk. On Friday I will introduce my friend Shelley who will share her memories of the Seder.