This day will be observed on April 08, 2020

Pesach

Our familiarity with Passover makes this holiday so challenging to explore in depth, beyond matzah, maror and freedom. Pesach is more than just redemption and cleansing – it is the story of a nation’s birth, a strange but beautiful birthday. It highlights Israel bonding to God, a critical point in Jewish history. You may think you know the whole story, but trust us – there's a lot more to learn about Passover.

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Reading the Haggadah is one of many rituals of the Passover Seder – but it can be difficult to read. Sometimes we mumble our way through it, without real comprehension. This Haggadah outlines guides you through the important messages in Maggid.

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Is there more to the Exodus story than we think we know? Rabbi Fohrman's book reveals a side of the ancient Exodus saga that illuminates not just our past, but our future, and tells not only of our freedom, but of our destiny. Take a peek at Chapter 1 for free.

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The Pesach holiday is one of the most important on the Jewish calendar, with many distinct rituals and customs. We crunch on unleavened matzah, hold lengthy seder services, and discuss the perpetually relevant themes of slavery and freedom. This holiday holds not only an important place in Jewish observance, but also in our cultural imagination. Discover it all in our Passover 101 guide.

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As Passover gets closer, Jewish children across the globe begin practicing their recital of the Four Questions. At the Passover Seder, they will stand and ask: Ma Nishtana? But why is this night different? Why do children recite the questions, and not adults? Why did the Sages choose these specific four questions, and not three or five questions? And do the questions have an answer? We dive into the Four Questions in this 101 guide.

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Whether you're new to or familiar with observing Passover, how often do we think about the meaning behind the many rituals we perform? What does this unique holiday really mean to the Jewish nation? We explain everything in our Seder 101 guide.

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From the second night of Passover, we begin the Count of the Omer, until 49 days later we arrive at the holiday of Shavuot. Why do we count the seven weeks from one holiday to the next? What spiritual significance does the Omer Count hold?

About Passover

Passover commemorates God’s redemption of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery, but it is also monumental for another significant reason – becoming God’s chosen people. Today we observe Passover for seven days starting with a spiritual and symbolic Seder dinner.

Before the Israelites became a nation, it was just a promise, made by God to His faithful servant Abraham. God told Abraham that his descendants would become a great nation in the land of Israel, but first, they would be enslaved and made to suffer in a foreign land. Sure enough, several generations later, the descendants of Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, were enslaved by Egypt, the greatest power of the Middle East at the time.

Pesach, or Passover, commemorates the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s promise. God freed the people and set them on the path that would lead them to Israel and to greatness. In the process, God brought the mighty Egypt to its knees with a series of powerful miracles, including the ten plagues and the splitting of the Red Sea. The last plague, the killing of the Egyptian firstborns, as the Israelite firstborns were passed over, is what we commemorate with the name of the holiday, Passover.

Each year, Jews celebrate this pivotal moment in their national history by retelling the Exodus story at a special ceremonial dinner called a Seder. Special symbolic foods, such as Matzah, Marror and salt water represent different aspects of the slavery and the redemption. Additionally, no leavened bread is eaten for all seven days of Pesach, to commemorate the unleavened bread the people ate in their hurry to leave Egypt.

Passover is undoubtedly one of the most important moments in our nation’s history. But it also begets many questions. For instance, why is the holiday named after a small detail in the story, when the Israelite firstborns were “passed over”, and not the other mind-blowing miracles? And, why did God even use ten plagues against the Egyptians? After all, couldn’t He have whisked the entire nation out on a magic carpet, and called it a day? And, perhaps most perplexing, why was the enslavement of the people a part of God’s promise of Abraham? Why was it necessary? Our videos and guides address these question to help you develop a deeper understanding of Passover.

Buy Rabbi Fohrman's Book About Passover

Consider this question: Doesn’t the name “Passover” seem a bit strange? It seems like a fairly minor detail in the story... that God "passed over" the houses of the Israelites during the Tenth Plague and didn't kill their firstborn. But the story of the Exodus from Egypt is much bigger than that one detail! Wouldn't it make more sense to call the holiday "Freedom Day" or "Independence Day" or "Liberation from Egypt Day"?

And while you're pondering that, here's another question: Why did the Exodus have to be so complicated? Couldn’t an All-Powerful deity have teleported the Israelites out of Egypt and spared everyone the messy hassle of the Ten Plagues? And a related question: Was it really fair that God hardened Pharaoh's hard, and then punished him for saying: "No!"?

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