Taking Passover back to its roots
ByJUDY LASH BALINT/JNS.ORG
March 28, 2013 14:11
Samaritans and Karaites continue to celebrate the holiday according to their traditions, which follow a strict literal interpretation of the Bible
(photo credit:Flavio Grynszpan)
When most Israeli Jews sit down for the Passover Seder, they wait for the
children to recite the “Ma Nishtana?” – the four questions – pucker up to inhale
the bitter herbs; relish the sweet haroset, dip herbs into salt water, sing
rousing renditions of “Dayenu” and “Had Gadya” and knock back four cups of wine.
But none of these rituals is part of the Passover observance of Israel’s Karaite
and Samaritan believers, who observe the biblically mandated holiday in quite a
different way.Rabbi Ovadya Murad, 62, leader of the Karaite community in
Jerusalem’s Old City, explains that the Karaite belief in a strictly literal
interpretation of the Torah without any adherence to the Oral Law embodied in
rabbinic-talmudic tradition makes observing Passover quite simple.