Thursday, April 2, 2015

Passover The Festival of Freedom Begins Friday Evening April 3rd Ends Saturday April 11th

Passover is a festival of freedom.
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Passover 2015 begins in the evening of Friday, April 3 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 11
It commemorates the Israelites's Exodus from Egypt, and their transistion from slavery to freedom.
What are some Passover practices?The main ritual of Passover is the seder, which occurs on the first night (or, outside of Israel, the first two nights) of the holiday--a festive meal that involves the re-telling of the Exodus through stories and song and the consumption of ritual foods, including matzah and maror.
The most salient Passover practice is a set of intense changes to the usual dietary cycle, including the absence of hametz, or foods with leaven. The ecstatic cycle of psalms called Hallel is recited both at night and day (during the Seder and morning prayers). Additionally, Passover commences a 49-day period called the Omer, which recalls the count between offerings brought to the Temple in Jerusalem. This count culminates in the holiday of Shavuot, the anniversary of the reception of the Torah.

What foods do we eat on Passover?

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Matzah, or unleavened bread, is the main food of Passover. You can purchase it in numerous stores, or you can make your own. But that's not the only dietary addition! There are many traditional, popular foods, from haroset (a mixture of apples, nuts, wine, and cinnamon) to matzo ball soup--and the absence of leavening calls upon a cook to employ all of his/her culinary creativity.