Read, Learn about the holiday Passover
Passover is the most ancient Israel people holiday. Learn about the holiday
Passover in the Torah. According to the Torah, the holiday is for Egypt
exit of Israel people. The holiday was called Passover to remember the
miracle that happened to Israel people in Egypt. When God destroyed every Egypt
firstborn, God passed over Israel people houses. God didn't destroy Israel
people firstborns. After this miracle, Israel people exit Egypt.
The Passover holiday is also called Matzahs Holiday. When Israel people exit
Egypt, they didn't have the time to let the bread leaven. So they ate
unleavened peaces of bread which were called Matzahs. The Torah tells Israel
people to eat Matzahs 7 days. So most of Israel people eat Matzahs all the
The Passover holiday last 7 days in the spring. Only the first day and the last
day are really a holiday. The 5 days between are half holiday and they are
known as Holl Hamoed. Outside Israel the 2 days holiday double to 4 days
holiday. The next day holiday is for exile good day. So the holiday last 8 days
instead of 7 days.
Learn about the holiday Passover customs. Before the holiday, the family clean
the house. The orthodox also put bread in some of the house corners. Then
they check every corner in the house to make sure there is no bread at
home. They look for the bread with candles light and pick the
bread with feather into a wooden cup. This custom is called "Biur Chametz"
which means - clean the leavened.
Learn about the holiday Passover most important event - the
Seder. The Seder is a feast where everyone reads about Egypt exit of Israel
people. The feast table is set in a constant and known manner. All the family
sit near the settled table. The head of the family has 3 Matzahs
(unleavened bread) and Seder dish. On the Seder dish there is an arm
(piece of grilled meat), to remember sacrifices in old Passover days; An egg to
remember the feast sacrifice; Haroseth (fruit mix), which shows wet clay and it
symbols the Israel people work with clay and bricks; Bitter herb (crushed
horseradish), to remember the bitterness of Israel people in Egypt, and celery
(vegetables with salt) to remember the salty Red Sea water. There are small
glasses on the table for the four wine small glasses every family member drinks
in the Seder. One big special glass is for Eliyahu the prophet. According to a
legend, Eliyahu visits Israel people houses in the Seder evening and drinks
from the special big wine glass on the table.
Seder is for reading the Haggada. The Haggada is historic and popular file
which was written especially for the Seder and tells how Israel people exit
Egypt. The Haggada also explains the symbols of the food on the table and
includes sermons, greetings and songs. The Haggada appears in many editions and
many of them are fancy, decorated and with pictures.
After the family ends reading most of the Haggada they start the meal.
One of the tradition food for the Seder is dumplings In the meal end, every
family member gets one piece from the Aficoman. The Aficoman is the middle
matzah from the 3 matzahs on the table. Eating the Aficoman symbols the
end of the meal. One of the Seder customs is to let the children try to
"still" the Aficoman. If they succeed, they don't bring it back until they
Before start reading the Haggadah again, the family open the front door and
invite Eliyahu the prophet to come in. In the Haggadah end, the family sing the
song - Who knows the one? - ("Ehad Mi Yodea") - and - Young goat question -
"Had Gad Ya".