How Pesach or Passover is Celebrated
Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day, there shall be a feast to the Lord. Unleavened
bread shall be eaten for seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. (Exodus 13:6-7)
- In the Book of Exodus, the Israelites are enslaved in ancient Egypt. Adonai, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, appears to Moses in a burning bush and commands Moses to confront To show his power,
Adonai inflicts a series of 10 plagues on the Egyptians, culminating in the 10th plague, the death of the firstborn.
- Passover is so significant that its remembrance is the very first Commandment;
And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (Exodus 20:1-2)
- Before this final plague, Adonai commands Moses to tell the Israelites to mark a lamb s blood on their doorposts so that the Angel of Death will pass over them (i.e., that the death of the firstborn will not touch them).
- After the death of the firstborns of the Egyptians, Pharaoh orders the Israelites to leave, taking whatever they want, and asks Moses to bless him in the name of the
- This story is recounted at the Passover Seder (meal of symbolic foods) in the form of the Haggadah, in fulfilment of the command;