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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.
celebrated at home with a meal, called a Seder (Hebrew for
"order"). This year, the First Seder is Monday,
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
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'
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.