partingredsea08By: Sarah B. and Jenny T., Staff Writers

          What is the Passover? The Passover is an important Jewish Festival, derived from the Bible. Jewish people celebrate this as commemoration of escaping slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation with Moses as their leader. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the book of Hebrew.


The Exodus is the story of how the Israelites escaped Egypt. Their leader, Moses, requested that the Pharaoh would let his people go. The Pharaoh rejected, and his consequences came in 10 plagues. The Pharaoh was stubborn, but after the devastation of his people and his land, he eventually gave in. God helped with the plagues, and he helped Moses part the Red Sea. The Israelites were finally free.


The Passover happens on the 15th day of Nisan, a Hebrew month and lasts for 7 days in Israel or 8 days in the Diaspora. The first day of Passover is after dusk on the 14th. The Israelites were told to paint their doorposts with the blood of a lamb, or else the first  born child would die.  God would know that it was a house that belonged to the Israelites, so he would pass over that house. This was one of the 10 plagues that God sent to the Egyptians because the Pharaoh wouldn’t let the Israelites be free of slavery.


On the first night of Passover, it’s traditional for families to gather and have a special dinner called seder. Seder means order, and it’s called this because there’s a specific order to a ritual. The table is set with fine china and silverware to show importance of the celebration.


Basically, Passover is a Jewish celebration celebrating the freedom of their people.

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