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Passover wine

The Passover festival (also known as Pascha or Pessach) is one of the most important festivals of Judaism. It literally means "passing over" and reminds us of the Exodus from Egypt, the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, which is described in the Old Testament of the Bible in the book Exodus. The celebration begins with an evening service in the synagogue, followed by the "Seder" (order), the great family feast. Here, certain dishes with symbolic meaning are taken together according to a precisely defined course. After the consumption follows the actual banquet. At certain intervals a total of four cups of wine are drunk, which symbolise God's promises. During the ritual one cup of wine is drunk at each of the steps Kadesch, Magid, Bairach and Hallel. It must (as well as the food) meet the Jewish purity requirements; see kosher wine.

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