Interfaith Seder demystifies Judaism's link to Christianity
Passover may be a Jewish observance, but about 60 Catholic high school students broke unleavened bread Tuesday night at an interfaith Seder that explored Christianity's connection to the Judaic tradition.
The goal was to "demystify" Judaism by linking it to the Last Supper of Jesus, which many scholars believe was itself a Passover celebration.
"Christians should understand just how Jewish Jesus was," said Rabbi Isaac Jeret of Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes, where the Seder was held. "That is extremely important, because it's hard to find any hate in your heart for the people for whom the son of God is a part."
The interfaith Seder had a traditional service, complete with bitter herbs, lamb shanks and reading of the Haggadah, the prayer book for Passover.
This is the second year the synagogue has invited the students, who attend St. John Fisher, Mary Star of the Sea and St. Margaret Mary schools in the South Bay and Harbor Area ...
"It's important to remember that we are connected in so many ways," said Bob Rothman, the event organizer and a member of Congregation Ner Tamid.
The Seder is one of many events the synagogue has held in conjunction with Christian churches over the years, the rabbi said.
"We've seen an incredible opening of dialogue and understanding between the Christian community and the Jewish community over the last 40 to 45 years," he said.
"I think this event is very important to help younger generations bridge that gap, really to institutionalize understanding of other faiths to younger generations."
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