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By Team MOC

Passover–or Pesach–is a celebration commemorating Egypt’s release of Hebrew slaves in ancient times. The Jewish holiday features a meal, called a seder, that is highly symbolic of the story of the Hebrews’ flight from Egypt after they had been freed. Many who observe the holiday also avoid eating– or having in their kitchens or pantries– leavened grains of any kind.

As with any holiday, traditions vary from home to home and community to community. Here’s what Passover looks like for service members:

This is how service members celebrate Passover
A rabbi leads a seder in Afghanistan. (Photo: NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit, Lt.Cmdr. Jesse Ehrenfeld)

 

This is how service members celebrate Passover
A chaplain’s assistant participates in a Passover seder in Kandahar. (Photo: NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit, Lt.Cmdr. Jesse Ehrenfeld)

 

This is how service members celebrate Passover
A Muslim service member participates in an interfaith seder. (Photo: NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit, Lt.Cmdr. Jesse Ehrenfeld)

 

This is how service members celebrate Passover
The traditional seder meal is shared by service members. (Photo: Sgt. 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Katie Eggers)

 

This is how service members celebrate Passover
Marines participate in Passover in Camp Dwyer. (Photo: Marine Corps, Cpl. Ammon W. Carter)

 

This is how service members celebrate Passover
Families and service members celebrate Passover aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (Photo: Navy Media Content Services, Jacob G Kaucher)

 

This is how service members celebrate Passover
Navy recruits share a Passover meal together. (Photo: Navy Media Content Services, Elizabeth J Swart)

 

This is how service members celebrate Passover
A rabbi presides over a seder meal at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command. (Photo: Navy Media Content Services, Elizabeth J Swart)

 

This is how service members celebrate Passover
Sailors try matzoh in Haifa, Israel. (Photo: Navy Media Content Services, Seaman Desmond Parks)

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