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Passover Begins Tonight

 

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Tonight, April 15 at sundown, marks the beginning of Passover, the week long holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery under Egyptian rule, over three thousand years ago.  According to the Book of Exodus, the Egyptian Pharaoh freed the Israelites after God tormented the Egyptians by visiting ten plagues upon them, culminating in the death of the first born in all Egyptian households. Jewish families, instructed by God to mark their homes with the blood of a spring lamb were spared, “passed over” by this lethal power. It is said that the Israelites had so little time to leave that that they didn’t even have time to wait for their bread to rise, so they took with them flat, unleavened bread, or matzo, and thus was born the tradition of eating only unleavened bread for the duration of the holiday. Continue »