Passover Quick Facts - US

AKA NamePesach, Feast of Unleavened Bread
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2024 DateApril 22, 2024
2025 DateApril 12, 2025


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Passover History

Passover (Hebrew: פסח) is a seven-day Jewish festival that celebrates the Israelites fleeing from Egypt about 3,300 years ago. Passover is called such because the Israelites marked their door frames with a sign. It is believed that because of this sign, God passed over their houses during the plague of the firstborn.

The Israelites were servants from the days of Jacob until Moses. They lived through famine in most of Mesopotamia, including Israel. The Israelites built store cities for grain in Egypt (possibly, the pyramids). After 210 years of servitude in Egypt, the Israelites had become servant-minded and did not believe that they could flee. They eventually fled via the Wilderness of Sinai, where they resided for forty years.

Facts about Start of Passover

  • Traditionally, in accordance with Biblical Law, all Orthodox Jews remove all leaven bread, cakes, and flour-containing or flour-derived products from their homes in the weeks leading up to Passover. These products include beer, whiskey, flour, and all patisserie produces. Any products remaining on the Eve of Passover are given away to non-Jews, sold, or burnt.
  • On Passover, Jews are to eat only unleavened bread (Matzah), baked from flour and water and prepared (mixed and baked) within eighteen minutes. Unleavened bread symbolizes Israelites leaving Egypt in such haste they could not wait for their bread dough to rise.
  • On the first day of Passover it is customary to hold a Seder Night celebration with family and friends. During this celebration, the Haggadah typically read and sang. The Haggadah includes telling the story of fleeing of the Israelite slaves from Egypt, the fact that their dough could not rise due to the hurried exit, blessings over Matzah, and songs of praise and happiness.
  • Traditionally, for Seder, a plate is prepared containing the following: an egg - symbolizing the Chagigah sacrifice; a shankbone, symbolizing Passover Lamb; salt water, symbolizing the tears of the Israelite slaves; a bitter herb, symbolizing the bitterness of enslavement; charoset (a mixture of ground apple, cinnamon, wine and sugar) signifying the cement used in the building works; a vegetable to be dipped in the salt water.
  • The first and seventh days of Passover are considered festivals in which work is not permitted. The intermediate days are Chol Hamoed in which families typically go on hikes and tours, or visit friends.

Top things to do in the US for Start of Passover

  • Attend a Seder dinner or learn how to make your own Seder.
  • Make Matzah. You can watch how to make matzah on youtube.
  • Watch a movie that depicts Passover. Our picks: The Ten Commandments (1956) and The Prince of Egypt (1998).

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