Saturday, March 27, 2010

What Is Passover?

Passover, or Pesach, is the first of the major Jewish festivals mentioned in the Bible. Passover celebrates God freeing the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, led by the prophet Moses. The story of Moses and of Passover can be found in the Bible's Book of Exodus.

Matza, an unleavened bread, is the primary symbol of the Passover Holiday.

This Holiday is observed by Jews and Samaritans.

The Bible tells that God inflicted ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharoh would release his hebrew slaves, with the tenth plague being the killing of all the firstborn sons, from Pharoh's son on. The Hebrews were instructed to mark the door posts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the Spirit of the Lord passed over the homes, hence the term "Passover".

When Pharoh freed the Hebrews, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread to rise. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover, no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called " The Festival of the Unleavened Bread".

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