PASSOVER IN JUDAISM: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY IN THE CONTEXT OF RITUALS AND SYMBOLS

Abstract

Author(s): ?evket ZCAN

Passover, which is related to the Jewish holy book and which includes the visiting of the temple, but is now limited to houses, although it has been over two thousand years since the fall of second temple, it still remains its feature which to be one of the basic fests of the Jews. Passover is celebrated today in memory of Jews’ exodus from Egypt, under leadership of Moses, here Jews are saved from their captivity and to take unleavened bread during their journey in the desert. In the Passover, Jews come together in Seder, regarded as the essence and summary of the feast, by internalizing the mental attitude of those who emigrated from Egypt and applying various rules to their lives. In this direction, rituals and symbols mentioned from the preparation of the feast to the end of the feast refer to this story and serve to having of believers to their identity by live a religious experience similar to the story of the migration.

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