Passover 2017

Passover 2017 begins Friday, April 10th and ends Saturday, April 18th. 

Passover is a celebration that commemorates the point in history when the Jewish people were freed from slavery in the land of Egypt and Jewish people were slaves, and they wanted to be free. The Pharaoh had decreed that all Jewish male children were to be killed for the reason that he felt that the Jewish communities were becoming too strong. One pair, Jocheved and Amran, decided to struggle to save their infant son and the couple put him in a basket, and floated him on the river. The couple sent their daughter, Miriam, to look at and make sure that somebody rescued the baby from the river and the rescuer was Pharaoh's daughter. When he grow up, he had greatly empathy for the Jewish slaves, and while he found out that he was a Jew, he want to help his people and try to get the Pharaoh to free the Jewish slaves, however the Pharaoh refused and Moses had a special relationship with G-d.

There were 10 plagues send down to Egypt, however still the Pharaoh would not agree to the Jews go and lastly, after the 10th plague, which the slaying of the first was born sons, he relent and told that the Jewish people could leave. They gather up their property speedily, and didn't have time for their bread to go up, so they had to bake it and get it the way it was and this is reason why the Jewish people eat matzah during Passover. While Jews were fleeing, Pharaoh changed his mind and then he sends his army to get them back.  G-d is parted as soon as the jews crosses the sea. The Jewish people were saved.

The 10 Plagues are:

  • Blood,
  • Frogs,
  • Lice,
  • Beasts,
  • Cattle Disease,
  • Boils,
  • Hail,
  • Locusts,
  • Darkness,
  • Slaying of the Firstborn.

Passover is celebrated today in homes by having a Passover seder. Seder means order. The Passover story in a special order from the book called a haggadah. Haggadah means "to tell". There are different parts of the seder. During the Seder, we eat traditional and symbolic foods that remind us of the Jewish people and their difficulty. One is thing we do is to dip a spring vegetable into salt water. The vegetable is a sign of spring, or renaissance, and the salt water represent the tears of the slaves. We eat bitter herbs, to remind us of the bitterness of slavery. We eat a special mixture, called Charoset, it made up of apples, nuts, wine, and cinnamon. Which remands us of morter and slaves who made bricks. The name Passover come from when the Angel of Death passed over the homes of the Jews, for the reason that they had been forewarn, and had place lambs blood on their doors, so that death would spare their first born child.

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