Passover remains relevant and contemporary, while at the same time a ritual several thousand years old. The sanction of thousands of years of tradition is retained because the ritual form is retained. The content--at least some of it--is flexible and determined by the participants at specific celebrations. Thus, the holy day is still meaningful to younger generations, because it allows for creative input and participation. It breathes.
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Source Notes: All Around the Year: Holidays and Celebrations in American Life (chapter 3, "Winter into Spring: Celebrating Rebirth and Renewal") (1994).
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