Pesach

A celebration of the story of the Exodus as the Israelites were freed from Egypt and years of slavery and oppression

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The first two nights of Pesach it is traditional to gather for a seder with readings, songs and foods which help us remember the journey of our people.

During the eight (seven in Israel and Progressive communities) days Jews refrain from eating leaven and products from the five grains and attend special services in synagogue, including yizkor, the memorial service, on the final day of the festival and the reading of Song of Songs.

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Introduction to Pesach

Passover, along with Sukkot and Shavuot, is one of the Shalosh Regalim (שלוש רגלים), or Three Pilgrimage Festivals, major holidays during which people in ancient times gathered in Jerusalem with their agricultural offerings.

There are several mitzvot unique to Passover, which are evident in the customs and rituals of the holiday to this day: matzah; maror; chametz; biur chametz (removal of leaven from the home); and Haggadah. The name, Passover” comes from the miracle in which God “passed over” the houses of the Israelites during the tenth plague.

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