Matzah Cover & Afikomen Bag, White Satin with Passover Symbols
Matzah Cover for the Passover seder with 3 compartments embroidered with silver and gold with classic Passover symbols. Diameter: 19 3/4 | 50 cm
Item # : CV028
White Satin Matzah Cover & Afikomen Bag with Passover Symbols
Cover embroidered with gold and silver colored thread in the design of 5 kiddush cups and the Haganddah with a pretty floral motif. The cover has three compartments represnting כהן (Cohen), לוי (Levi), ישראל (Israel). It also is decorated with the Hebrew word for Passover, פסח (pronounced Pesah) and edged with lovely silver loops.
The Afikoman bag is for the piece of matzah that was broken off during the Seder. It is put in the Afikoman bag to be eaten at the end of the meal. Traditionally it is then hidden during the Seder and the children present at the Seder search for it. The finder wins a prize.
Approximate Diameter: 19 3/4 inches | 50 cm
At the first Seder, traditional Passover meal, the ancient Hebrews had to eat unleavened bread. This was because they were forced to leave Egypt before the bread had a chance to rise. Today we eat unleavened bread called Matzah in commemoration of this first Seder.
During the Passover Seder three sheets of Matzah are placed inside the Matzah Cover. The three castes of ancient Hebrew society, Cohen, Levite, and Israelite, are symbolized by one Matzah each. Additionally, each of these Matzah sheets has a term and meaning associated with it: the top called the Keter (Crown), the middle called the Hochmah (Wisdom) and the bottom called Binah (Intellect).
What is the importance of the three matzahs at the Seder? When the ancient Hebrews were cast into the desert they collected maana, bread from heaven, and collected two portions just before Shabbat. The top and bottom sheets of matzah represent this collection of double manna. The middle matzah represents the Exodus and the destitution they experienced in the desert. Because the ancient Hebrews had to flee Egypt suddenly, they did not have time to allow their bread to rise. Therefore, at Passover we abstain from leavened bread to honor that first Passover meal in which the ancient Hebrew had to eat unleavened bread.