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What is Passover?
Passover is a Jewish festival that commemorates the Exodus, the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, where they had been enslaved. It is considered one of the most important Jewish holidays.
Jews traditionally celebrate Passover with family and friends by holding a ceremonial meal called a Seder, which consists of special symbolic dishes, including unleavened bread called matzo.
Passover can also be called Pesach or Pesah, and is sometimes referred to as the Feast of the Unleavened Bread.
When is Passover?
Passover can occur in March or April. In 2023, Passover begins on April 5. In 2024, Passover will begin on April 22.
Passover always begins on the 14th day of Nisan, which in the Jewish calendar is the first month of the religious year and the seventh month of the civil year.
In some Jewish traditions, Passover is observed for seven days, while in others it is observed for eight days.
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The first records of the word Passover in reference to the Jewish festival come from the 1500s. It’s a translation of the Hebrew word pesaḥ and the noun form of the verb phrase pass over. The term is used in reference to the story of how the Angel of Death passed over the houses of the Israelites during a plague sent by God to kill the firstborn sons of the Egyptians.
In the account of this event in the book of Exodus, Moses is instructed by God to tell the Israelites to prepare a special meal, one that can be eaten quickly before they escape from Egypt. This meal included a roasted lamb as the main dish, along with bitter herbs and unleavened bread (bread that could be baked quickly, without needing time to rise). Moses instructed the Israelites to use the blood from the lamb to mark the doorways of their houses to keep them safe from the Angel of Death. The Israelites were told to repeat the meal each spring on the anniversary of their departure from Egypt. This annual observance came to be called Passover, and the ritual meal came to be called the Seder.
Today, Passover often involves a reading of the Haggadah, a book containing the order of service of the traditional Passover meal and including a telling of the story of the Exodus.
It is a tradition for Jews to end the Seder by singing or saying “Next year in Jerusalem” (or the Hebrew phrase that it’s translated from), which is typically considered an expression of Jewish unity done in remembrance of the Jews’ time in exile.
Traditional greetings for Passover include Chag Sameach (meaning “Happy Holiday”) and Chag Pesach Sameach (meaning “Happy Passover Holiday“).
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Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays. It is well-known even among non-Jews.
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Halina Peabody, who survived the Holocaust using a Catholic identity, celebrated her first #Passover after liberation. At relatives' homes, she experienced Passover three times that night. "I have celebrated Passover many times since then, but I will never forget that first one." pic.twitter.com/YvyvX6MoSq
— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) April 8, 2020
Over a week late, but finally managed to bake my 2019 Passover cakes. 70 cinnamon balls, 50 coconut pyramids, 28 almond macaroons – made to my late grandfather’s recipe. Every year I make them all by hand and remember him. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KOSKoz3qFj
— Zoe Margolis (@girlonetrack) April 26, 2019
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And for some regional variety, in Iran with its nuclear ambitions, every day is Passover.
For now, however, Jews should feel relieved that they got through Passover without any further incidents.
If the Passover leaflet from 2014 was nothing but a joke, then it was nonetheless a sick and twisted one.
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Some expositors claim that the beginning of the year in Ezekiel's vision was in the month of Nisan commemorating the Passover.
Passover was first kept in Egypt; its precious meaning is well known to all Christians.
That passover parable comes out of the anguish of the great Redeemer's heart.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew|John Monro Gibson
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Cultural definitions for Passover (1 of 2)
The deliverance of the Israelites from the worst of the plagues of Egypt, and the annual festival kept afterward in memory of the event. Through Moses, God told the Israelites to prepare a special meal to be eaten in haste the evening before their escape from Egypt (see also Egypt) (see Exodus), with a whole roasted lamb as the main dish. The blood from the lamb was to be used to mark the Israelites' houses. That night, God would send the angel of Death to kill the firstborn males of the Egyptians (this was the worst of the plagues of Egypt), but God would see the blood on the Israelites' houses, and he would command his angel to “pass over” — to kill no one there. God told Moses that the Israelites were to repeat the meal each spring on the anniversary of their departure from Egypt. The Jews (see also Jews) keep the festival of Passover to this day.
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Cultural definitions for Passover (2 of 2)
Among Jews (see also Jews), the festival commemorating the Exodus, the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt (see also Egypt). During Passover, unleavened bread, called matzo, is eaten. In the course of the festival, the story of the Exodus is read.
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See pass by, def. 2.
See pass away.