Passover Vocabulary

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  1. leaven
    a substance used to produce fermentation in dough
  2. commemorate
    call to remembrance
  3. Egypt
    a republic in northeastern Africa known as the United Arab Republic until 1971; site of an ancient civilization that flourished from 2600 to 30 BC
  4. consume
    take in as food
  5. recite
    repeat aloud from memory
  6. sacrifice
    the act of killing in order to appease a deity
  7. plague
    any large-scale calamity
  8. Israel
    an ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC
  9. Pharaoh
    the title of the ancient Egyptian kings
  10. observe
    watch attentively
  11. symbolize
    express indirectly by an image, form, or model
  12. Red Sea
    a long arm of the Indian Ocean between northeast Africa and Arabia; linked to the Mediterranean at the north end by the Suez Canal
  13. recount
    narrate or give a detailed account of
  14. servile
    submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior
  15. community
    a group of people living in a particular local area
  16. celebrate
    have a festivity
  17. ferment
    cause to undergo the breakdown of sugar into alcohol
  18. search
    look or seek
  19. symbol
    something visible that represents something invisible
  20. tradition
    a specific practice of long standing
  21. spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  22. evening
    the latter part of the day
  23. bondage
    the state of being under the control of another person
  24. haste
    overly eager speed and possible carelessness
  25. prepare
    make ready or suitable or equip in advance
  26. story
    a record or narrative description of past events
  27. liberation
    the act of freeing someone or something
  28. emerge
    come out into view, as from concealment
  29. distinction
    a discrimination between things as different
  30. ancient
    belonging to times long past
  31. sacred
    made or declared or believed to be holy
  32. sea
    a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
  33. divide
    a serious disagreement between two groups of people
  34. inflict
    impose something unpleasant
  35. captive
    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
  36. pursue
    follow in an effort to capture
  37. freedom
    the condition of being free
  38. wine
    fermented juice (of grapes especially)
  39. Moses
    (Old Testament) the Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites from Egypt across the Red sea on a journey known as the Exodus; Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai
  40. subjugation
    forced submission to control by others
  41. mastery
    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
  42. sorcery
    the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces
  43. blood
    the fluid that is pumped through the body by the heart
  44. frog
    any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species
  45. beast
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  46. darkness
    absence of light or illumination
  47. hail
    precipitation of ice pellets
  48. firstborn
    first in order of birth
  49. locust
    migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae
  50. boil
    change from a liquid to vapor
  51. pestilence
    any epidemic disease with a high death rate
  52. matzoh
    brittle flat bread eaten at Passover
  53. Seder
    the ceremonial dinner on the first night of Passover
  54. humbling
    causing awareness of your shortcomings
  55. order
    logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
  56. gratitude
    a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
  57. slavery
    the state of being under the control of another person
  58. generation
    group of genetically related organisms in a line of descent
  59. speech
    communication by word of mouth
  60. Nile
    the world's longest river
  61. bitterness
    the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
  62. mortar
    a vessel in which substances can be ground with a pestle
  63. praise
    an expression of approval and commendation
  64. degradation
    changing to a lower, less respected state
  65. saltwater
    water containing salts
  66. recline
    move the upper body backwards and down
  67. loyalty
    the quality of being loyal
  68. miracle
    a marvelous event brought about by a divine being
  69. egg
    animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds
  70. destiny
    the ultimate agency predetermining the course of events
  71. Mount Sinai
    a mountain peak in the southern Sinai Peninsula
  72. commandment
    something that is commanded
  73. lamb
    young sheep

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