Everything We’ve Wanted to Know About Passover

Everything We’ve Wanted to Know About Passover

Please join us in learning a little bit about the Jewish celebration of Passover.

As we honor the season of spring, many of us associate this time of year with Easter. However, there’s another major religious holiday that occurs at this time of year. The Jewish holiday Passover is observed in the spring. Some folks may not know that Jewish holidays are based on the lunar calendar, this year’s celebration begins on the evening of April 10 and lasts eight days, (7 days in Israel), ending on April 18. Here are some facts that may be of interest to those of us who are unfamiliar with the Passover celebration.

All About Passover.

It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.  This is honored during the eight days.

In Hebrew, it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”) because God passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.

Key Elements of Passover.

  • Seder Plate. The Seder plate is the centerpiece of the Passover meal. Each item on the plate symbolizes an element of the Passover story.
  • The Haggadah is the book that helps guide participants through the Passover Seder.
  • Passover is divided into two parts:
  • The first two days and last two days (the latter commemorating the splitting of the Red Sea) are full-fledged holidays. Holiday candles are lit at night, and kiddush and sumptuous holiday meals are enjoyed on both nights and days. Observers don’t go to work, drive, write, or switch on or off electric devices. They are permitted to cook.
  • The middle four days are calledChol Hamoed, semi-festive “intermediate days,” when most forms of work are permitted.

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