Jewish Passover (Pesach)

By: Amanda Hutchinson

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What is Passover?

Passover is a day to honor Gods faithfulness while preparing to lead the Israelite's out of slavery in Egypt. However it specifically recognizes the time when God sent his final plague to the land after Pharaoh kept refusing Moses, and his petition to set Gods people free.

The plague would be the death of every firstborn son in the land. Only the families that sacrificed an unblemished lamb and smeared its blood upon their doorpost would be "passed over", by the spirit of God, and wrath from heaven.

Because of this final plague, and Pharaoh's loss of his son, he finally agreed to let the Israelite's go.

How is Passover Celebrated Today?

Jewish Families Prepare For Passover

Passover Activities to do in Jerusalem:

1. Attend the Priestly Blessing -

A leader recites the blessings over a loudspeaker so that everyone can follow and bless in unison.

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2. Visit Tower of David Museum

You can tour the exhibition, and various games and activities are provided for families.

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3. Visit Israel Museum

The Israel Museum is known for its exciting holiday programs and activities for the whole family. Children also receive free admission

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4. See Kol Haot Illuminated Haggadah and Shir Hashirim Fair

This event provides a platform for talented leading contemporary Israeli artists to exhibit their work with a Haggadah and Shir Hashirim-related theme. The public is invited to come and meet the artists.

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5. Attend Passover at the City of David

The City of David offers three incredible tours in English during the intermediate days of Passover.

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A Day of Passover

Passover commonly begins by going to ones house for a ritual dinner called a seder, (pronounced SAY-der) on the first and second night of the holiday.

Most Jews avoid bread and grain products to one extent or another throughout this holiday, in memory of the fact that their ancestors left Egypt in a hurry and didn't have time to wait for their bread to rise.

It is encouraged to avoid scheduling events involving food during this holiday.

Strictly observant Jews do not work, go to school or carry out any business on the first two and last two days of Passover.This is a requirement of Jewish law; however, only about 10% of the American Jewish population observes this rule strictly.

Most American Jews will work through Passover, although many may want to take time off the day before Passover, to prepare for the big family dinner.

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Works Cited

"Top 5 Passover Activities in Jerusalem." The Jerusalem Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 June 2015

"What Is Passover? - The Holiday's History and Observances - Passover."What Is Passover? - The Holiday's History and Observances - Passover. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 June 2015.

"Judaism 101: A Gentile's Guide to the Jewish Holidays." Judaism 101: A Gentile's Guide to the Jewish Holidays. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 June 2015.