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Passover



Passover
By Sarah Lane
Mar 29, 2012, 01:55 PST



Passover

The celebration of Passover is eight days long.  It is an observance of the freedom and exodus of the Israelites from Egypt 3000 years ago.  Moses demanded the freedom of the Israelites from Pharaoh Ramses II.  When he said no, God sent ten terrible plagues on the people of Egypt.  They were blood, frogs, lice, flies, cattle disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the slaying of the first-born. 

 

With the arrival of the last plague, all first-borns of man or beast were to be killed except, of course, the Israelites.  They were told to put lambs blood on their front doors so God would “Passover” those homes.  Finally, the Pharaoh let them go only to pursue them across the hot desert.  When the Israelites approached the Red Sea, God parted the waves and let them pass through safely.  When the Pharaoh’s army followed, the water covered their heads.

 

The first two nights of the eight-day celebration of Passover, families gather and retell this story.  They begin their celebration with a meal known as Seder that includes specific foods, plates, and utensils.  Only foods that are “Kosher” are allowed and the children participate in the reenactment of the story.

Source:     Passover on the Net, holidays.net

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