Today, April 23, Jews have finished their 7-8 day celebration of Passover, the main holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from 210 years of Egyptian slavery.
The Center wishes all Jews a happy Pesach and all warm greetings!
⏩ Pesach means "to pass by."
According to the scriptures, 10 plagues were sent on the Egyptians to free the Jews. In order for the pestilence to "pass over" the Jews, Moses told them to mark their front doors with the blood of a lamb.
✡️ After all the hardships and disasters, Moses was able to lead his people out of captivity. In honor of this deliverance, Pesach is celebrated on the 14th day of the month of Nisan (in Israel the holiday lasts 7 days, and outside Israel it lasts 8 days).
🔸 The Torah forbids eating yeast bread on the feast days, but one may eat matzah (unleavened bread).
🥬 Dinner on the first night of the holiday includes matzah, heroset (a mixture of grated dates, apples, nuts and wine), hazeret (grated greens), maror (lettuce, basil and horseradish). The tradition prescribes eating the greens by dipping them in salt water - symbolizing the tears shed by the Jewish people during the captivity.
🍷 On the night of the Seder (the beginning of the holiday), adult family members must drink 4 glasses of wine (or grape juice) at a specific time of the day's consecration ceremony. Each glass symbolizes the stage of the people's liberation, but there are other meanings as well: The 4 kingdoms (that oppressed the Jewish people after the Exodus), the 4 "cups of distress," the 4 worlds (our physical world, the age of Mashiach, the age of the resurrection of the dead, and the "other world" that will begin after the resurrection#pesach
👨👩👧👦 Seder Pesach is a family holiday that all members must attend. It takes a long time to prepare for the holiday, cleaning the house thoroughly and getting rid of everything leavened.