Rabbi Moshe Lans, a Fort Hood chaplain, holds up a piece of unleavened bread called Matzo while reading from the Passover Haggadah during Passover preparations at the Spirit of Fort Hood Warrior and Family Chapel Campus Friday afternoon at Fort Hood.
"What we do is we re-enact and tell the story of the exodus of Egypt," said Rabbi Moshe Lans, a Fort Hood chaplain.
"God commanded that every generation you should retell the story, and this is how we obey that commandment."
Lans led a public Passover Seder Friday night at the Spirit of Fort Hood Warrior and Family Chapel Campus.
The ceremony is always open to the entire community, and Lans
said many people not involved with the faith attend.
"Many non-Jews will come.
They're curious and want to learn about it," he
"It puffs you up and gives you a false sense of security," said Lans
"You should try to think of yourself as null and void."
A roasted shank bone also is served to represent the lambs that were slaughtered to protect the Israelites from the 10th plague.
Like all the other plagues visited upon the Egyptians, it attacked a deity the Egyptians worshiped.
"They had to have the courage to tie it to the door, slaughter it in front of (the Egyptians) and show them that there is only one true God," said Lans
However, the green vegetable represents the converse side of the story "that there is life and vitality," said Lans
"It's about how we confront tragedy with life, and to remind us to stay strong with our faith and to remind us that the Messiah will come," he
The holiday is one of three Jewish holidays commanded by God.
It falls in the first month of the Jewish calendar, Nisan.
said families will conduct a second Passover Seder today, though that will be private.
Though telling the story and allowing for many to reconnect to their faith is a large part of the celebration, Lans
said the most important aspect is involving children.
"It's not for the here and now," he
said "It's for the generations to come so we try to involve the children whenever we came.