What is Passover? Here is some information from McClatchy Tribune.
The story of Passover starts in the Hebrew Bible in the book of Exodus. “That chapter tells the preparations for the first Passover and describes the first Passover and (the Israelites’) flight from Egypt,” said Rabbi Charles Feinberg, of Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C.
The Israelites endured years of slavery under the Egyptians. Under orders from God, Moses told the pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. When the pharaoh refused, God sent 10 plagues to Egypt — blood in the Nile River, frogs, bugs, wild animals, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and, finally, death to the all of the firstborns.
However, the Israelites “survived the plague of the death of the firstborn by putting the blood of the lamb on their doorposts,” Feinberg said.
That is where the holiday gets its name — because the plague “passed over” the Israelites. After the plagues, the pharaoh released the Israelites, but they had to leave quickly, so preparing food for their journey was rushed.
“One of the major rituals is eating unleavened bread — matzoh — because they didn’t have enough time to allow the bread to rise,” Feinberg said. “So one of the ways we celebrate the holiday is we don’t eat any leavened products.” “It’s like a cracker … not much different than saltines, but much plainer, so you can put things on it and eat.” That ritual continues to be celebrated during Passover today.
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