This was posted by someone else in another thread…how accurately does it represent Jewish thought concerning the Seder?
The Seder meal wasn’t symbolic.
For all Jews after the exodus, the Seder meal was the actual passover sacrifice.
[INDENT]And when your children say to you,
What do you mean by this service?' you shall say,It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he slew the Egyptians but spared our houses.’" (Exodus 12:26-27)
The killing of the lamb and the Seder meal were the actual sacrifice of passover. For Jews today, the passover Seder is a personal participation in the events of that night. The lamb on every table is the actual passover sacrifice.
And you shall tell your son on that day, `It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ (Exodus 13:8)
The Jews repeated those words at every passover - what the Lord did for me. Jews still repeat those words today - when I came out of Egypt. The Passover is not spiritual. For every Jew, the passover is their literal personal participation in events that took place in Egypt that night.
I came out of Egypt. God did this for me.
Catholics understand this almost instinctively. We are at Calvary, participating in the actual sacrifice of Christ at every Mass. The Eucharist is our personal participation in the events of Good Friday. Jewish understanding of the Passover as their personal participation in the Exodus and Passover is part of why Jews understood so quickly that the Eucharist was the actual Body of Christ. [/INDENT]