This year Passover begins at sundown on April 2nd. The holiday lasts for a week during which time it is appropriate to send Jewish friends and neighbors Passover greeting cards.

  • Many scholars think that Rameses II, whose likeness is found in many of the great ruins and artifacts of ancient Egypt, was probably the Pharaoh of Exodus 12.
  • The Passover holiday has three names: Pesach, literally the Passover sacrifice; Hag Hamatzot, Feast of Unleavened Bread; and Zeman Heirutenu, the Season of our Freedom. This last title is not found in Scripture, but was given by the rabbis. They deliberately refrained from titling the holiday “Season of our Joy” because it recalls the destruction of the Egyptians, a fact that detracts from the complete joy of the occasion.
  • Although Moses is the leading human figure in the Passover account, he is mentioned only once in the Passover Haggadah (The Haggadah is the book containing the liturgy and songs for the Passover service and meal, which is called the Seder).
  • At the Passover Seder, traditionally, nothing is to be eaten after the afikomen*. The reason given is that the afikomen represents the Passover sacrifice, which takes precedence over all else at the feast and therefore ought to be savored and remembered above all else.
  • The hidden matzah that is brought back after the meal.

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