A pile of matzo crackers symbolising Passover
Matzos Image by Ri Butov from Pixabay

We are currently in the time of the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), celebrating the release of the Hebrews from slavery in ancient Egypt. The festival lasts for eight days and started last Saturday evening. The name comes from Biblical story where the Hebrews were “passed over” by God and not afflicted with the tenth plague of Egypt.

The festival starts with the Passover Seder, a ritual feast that also involves retelling the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The story is discussed, kosher wine is drunk, bread without yeast is eaten, and there is the Seder plate, with symbolic foods.

During the remaining days, people are required to avoid all leaven or yeast. People also try to only do necessary work, and prefer to spend time with family.

The seventh day of Passover is another festival, celebrating the parting of the Red Sea that enabled them to leave Egypt.

So have a happy and kosher Passover, or Chag Pesach kasher V’Sameach.

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