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Passover: 6 Things To Know About The Jewish Spring Holiday

Passover 2018 begins on March 30! Learn more about the meaning behind the Jewish holiday and why it’s celebrated every year.

n the U.S., there is sometimes gnashing of teeth over holiday greetings.

Passover, an eight-day Jewish holiday, starts at sundown on Friday, March 30 and ends on April 7, 2018. If you’re stressing about how to wish your friends, colleagues, or loved ones a happy passover, we have you covered.

Here’s everything you need to know about the  Passover 2018:

1. Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. The holiday begins on the 15th of Nisan, the day in the Jewish lunar calendar on which the Israelites were freed from slavery and left Egypt with Moses. 

In 2018, Passover begins on March 30 and lasts eight days. In the Torah, Moses warns the pharaoh that God would send 10 plagues to Egypt, including death of the first-born sons, if he did not free the slaves.

2. Passover begins with Seder. Maybe the most important part of Passover is the Seder, a service and meal held the night before the holiday begins. Seder consists of a carefully curated meal that represents the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt

3-The Passover dates change every year, because the Hebrew calendar does not line up with the Gregorian calendar. The holiday generally takes place in early spring; on the Hebrew calendar, it takes place during the first month of the year, Nissan, as prescribed by the book of Exodus.

4. Unleavened bread is also a key component of Seder. Why? the Israelites were forced to flee Egypt in such a hurry that their bread didn’t have time to rise. Thus, Jewish persons eat unleavened bread, matzah, to represent that struggle.

5. Families sometimes prep for weeks before Passover. Observant followers prepare for Passover by cleaning their homes from top to bottom to remove all leaven. This includes bread, rice, flour, and yeast. Leftover leavened food is burned before the holiday begins.

6. Save a seat for Elijah. Passover is considered a “guarded night,” in which Jewish persons believe that God will protect them fully. Thus, the door is left open during dinner. 

An open door is an invitation for the prophet Elijah to visit. 

Families traditionally leave a symbolic seat open for the prophet and pour a glass of wine that they do not drink. “This fifth cup whose status is in doubt is dubbed ‘Elijah’s Cup,’ in anticipation of the insight he will shed on the matter,” says Chabad.

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