- Also called Pesach, Pesah. a Jewish festival that commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and is marked chiefly by the Seder ritual and the eating of matzoth. It begins on the 14th day of Nisan and is celebrated for eight days by Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside of Israel and for seven days by Reform Jews and Jews in Israel.
- (lowercase) paschal lamb(def 1).
Origin of Passover
Examples from the Web for passover
The New York Board of Rabbis would send in cases of macaroons for the congregation at every Passover.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison
May 11, 2014
And for some regional variety, in Iran with its nuclear ambitions, every day is Passover.
If the Passover leaflet from 2014 was nothing but a joke, then it was nonetheless a sick and twisted one.
Late last night, I found myself looking at the Passover Hagadah.Frazier Glenn Miller Would Kill Every Jew Like Me
April 14, 2014
"We would like to see Pollard free in time for Passover [which starts on the evening of April 14]," he said.Israeli Spy Would Accept Release In Mideast Deal
April 1, 2014
Was not my first poem based on one in the Passover night Hagadah?Dreamers of the Ghetto
Yet they were saved by the passover through the faith of their parents.Bertha and Her Baptism
You remember that it was April and Passover was coming on; in fact, it began that night.From Plotzk to Boston
It is the eve of the Passover feast, the birthday of Israel's nationality.Rabbi and Priest
She asked if I wasn't going to stay out of school during Passover, and I said no.The Promised Land
- Also called: Pesach, Pesah, Feast of the Unleavened Bread an eight-day Jewish festival beginning on Nisan 15 and celebrated in commemoration of the passing over or sparing of the Israelites in Egypt, when God smote the firstborn of the Egyptians (Exodus 12)Related adjective: paschal
- another term for the Paschal Lamb
Word Origin and History for passover
1530, coined by Tyndale from verbal phrase pass over, to translate Hebrew ha-pesah "Passover," from pesah (see paschal), in reference to the Lord "passing over" the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when he killed the first-born of the Egyptians (Ex. xii).
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.