passover 300KENTUCKY (3/24/13) – Also called Pesach, which means to “pass over,” a Jewish festival that commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. This week long festival is observed by Jews with a number of rituals.
 
When Joseph moved his family during the famine from his homeland of Canaan, for many years the Israelites lived in harmony. However, when the population of Jews began to grow, Egyptians began to see them as a threat. After the death of Joseph and his brothers, a hostile pharaoh ordered enslavement and drowning of firstborn sons of the Jews. Thankfully there was one firstborn that was saved by the pharaoh’s daughter and she raised him as if he was her own son, named Moses. According to the Old Testament, Moses requested for the pharaoh to release the Jews from slavery but was denied by the pharaoh. God then punished the Egyptians by sending ten plagues to Egypt which included: Water to Blood, Frogs, Lice, Flies, Livestock Disease, Boils, Thunder and Hail, Locust, Darkness and Death of firstborn.
 
During the tenth plague, Jews marked their doors with blood of a sacrificed lamb so that the Angel of Death would “Passover” them. Finally after the tenth plague the pharaoh released the Jews. The Jews quickly gathered their belongings, while the Jews were fleeing; the pharaoh changed his mind and sent out his army to go after them. God then parted the Red Sea just long enough for Moses to lead the Jews safely then let the water close on the Egyptian soldiers, drowning them all.
 
In today’s home, the first nights, Passover is celebrated by Seder or feasting. During the ceremonial dinner, the reading from the Haggadah and eating symbolic foods such as: dipping spring veggies in salt water to symbolize the tears shed by the slaves, bitter herbs to symbolize the bitterness of slavery, charoset that symbolizes the mortar that slaves made their bricks from and matzah. Matzah is unleavened bread that is like a flatbread that was taken in baskets in the journey back to Israel and baked in the sun. Before Passover begins, Jews are to remove all leavened bread, this is called chametz.
Children play a huge role in the celebration of Passover. They are expected to take part in many of the customs.
 
The day before Passover, “Fast of the Firstborn” is started. This is where some firstborn sons fast in remembrance of the firstborn Jewish males who were spared from the slaughter in Egypt.
 
Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photos Provided by SurfKY Graphics

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Lady Mustangs Take Two from Calloway in Doubleheader

GREENVILLE, Ky. (4/27/15) — Muhlenberg County swept visiting Calloway County in a high school softball doubleheader… Read More

Henderson County North Middle School Greenhouse Sale

HENDERSON, Ky. (4/27/15) — The annual Henderson County North Middle School greenhouse sale will begin on Tuesday, May… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7716

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 4983

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4311

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4041

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 3961

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 12625

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8871

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 26, 2015 961

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 26, 2015 591

White Plains Civil War Festival Provides Learning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 506

College of Education Alum's Studies, Experience…

by Amanda Nelson
April 26, 2015 492

Spring Lawn, Garden Fair Participants Learn from…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 482

Legislator's Log - Week of April 26, 2015

by Brent Yonts
April 26, 2015 478

Dave Says - April 26, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
April 26, 2015 458

Mother's Day Buffet Planned at State Parks May 10

by Gil Lawson
April 26, 2015 440

Outdoor Truths - April 26, 2015

by Gary Miller
April 27, 2015 429

Mustangs Lose to Ohio County via Shutout

by Steve LeMaster
April 26, 2015 317

Dawson Springs Mule, Draft Horse Days Come to a…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News