What is Passover? Where does the word come from?

The Seder is the special meal that celebrates Passover

Passover (also called Pesach or Pesah) is a Jewish festival. It commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, as told in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 12 of the Torah

Passover is celebrated by friends and family by a special meal known as the seder.  During the seder   the story of the exodus from Egypt is read aloud from a Hebrew text called the Haggadah (telling). Rituals are acted out at key moments in the story.


During Passover it is forbidden to eat, drink, or own chametz/chometz. Chametz is food that is made from grain (barley, oats, rye, spelt, or wheat) and water and has been allowed to rise.

To ensure observance of this rule, living space should be cleaned thoroughly.

When is Passover?
It begins on the 14th day of Nisan (19th April in 2019). Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside of Israel celebrate for eight days. Reform Jews and Jews in Israel celebrate for seven days. 

See here for a short summary of Passover traditions.

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