Moody Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies
On April 20, Moody Bible Institute welcomed the Easter season with the annual Passover Seder dinner. More than 100 students, faculty and community members attended the dinner, hosted by Moody’s Jewish culture group Kesher and led by Dr. Michael Rydelnik, professor of Jewish Studies.
The Passover Seder (meaning “order” or “service”) is a traditional Jewish celebration opening the Passover holiday and tells the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. At the start of Moody’s Seder, Rydelnik explained that he hoped the event would give attendees a “better understanding of Passover, Jewish people and who the Messiah is.”
Following his own Messianic Passover Haggadah (the traditions of the Passover observance), Rydelnik explained to participants the Passover practices and walked them through the rites. True to Passover traditions, attendees consumed symbolic foods like parsley, matzo, horseradish and grape juice leading up to the celebration meal.
Kesher members, many of Jewish heritages, shared in the Seder by guiding others through the rituals, serving the meal and leading participants in song.
“Passover is a great season of rejoicing for Jewish people. No wonder—national redemption is certainly a cause for celebration,” says Rydelnik in his Haggadah. “How much more can we rejoice when we see that God has also provided for our spiritual redemption through Yeshua, ‘The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’”
-Anna De Zarn, Freshman, International Ministry