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  • Torah and Haftarah Portions for the Month of April 2017
    » April 1 -Va'yikra  (Leviticus 1:1-5:26); Haftarah (Isaiah 43:21-44:23)
    » April 8  -  Tzav - (Leviticus 6:1-8:36 ); Haftarah (Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-9:23 )
    » April 15 - Chol Ha'moed 5th day of  Passover - (Exodus 33:12 - 34:26, Numbers 28_19-25); Haftarah (Ezekiel 37:1-14)
    » April 22  - Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47); Haftarah (II Samuel 6:1-7:17)
    » April 29 -Tazria/Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33); Haftarah (II Kings 7:3-7:20)

  • The Jewish Holiday in April 2017 (note, Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the previous night)

           » April 11-10 (15- 22 Nisan) - Passover
Passover is the holiday that symbolizes Judaism more than any other.  It is the story of our liberation from slavery.  After centuries of oppression in Egypt,  the Hebrews are freed after G-d sends Ten Plagues upon the Egyptian, starting with turning the water of the Nile into blood and ending with the death of the first born among the Egyptian humans and animals.

Passover is celebrated at home with a meal, called a Seder (Hebrew for "order").   This year, the First Seder is Monday, evening April 10, 2017, the second is Tuesday evening April 11).  The prayer book used at the Seder is called a Haggadah (Hebrew for "The Telling").  We are instructed to teach the children about our redemption and to encourage them to ask questions.

The first two and last two days of Passover are considered holidays, with the interim four days (Chol ha'moed, in Hebrew) treated as regular workdays, although observant Jews may refrain from eating products with yeast during the entire eight-day period. Note: most Reform Jews only celebrate the first seven days of Passover.

Over the millennia, the Haggadah has changed to reflect current cultures.  For example, in addition to the traditional items on the seder plate (a shankbone, a roasted egg, bitter herbs, greens, a blend of apples and nuts called Charoseth, and matzah), some families add an orange.  In addition to a wine cup for Elijah the prophet, some families add a water glass for Miriam, Moses' sister). 

There is a difference between the Torah's description of how we celebrate Passover and the Talmud's.  Our practice is to follow the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Pesachim.  For more information, click here.

There have been many movies made dealing with Passover, most notably "The Ten Commandments" and the animated film "Prince of Egypt."

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