What Is Passover?

A guide to the holiday's meaning, customs, rituals, and other basics.


04/19/2008 10:24:34 AM

And, though our tradition, it has't been so "for over 4,000 years" - try 3,320, as of this year. Throughout Jewish History, the effort, the focus and the call of every Jew's life is to help make our world a better place - to help move it beyond what it has been to what it can become. Central to our very lives, this ethic is what drives us forward as a People. It compells us to value education and to see, in respect and love for others, love of G-d. As we listen to the dialogue coming out of this year's election campaigns, we hear this message. We also hear - as Jews have always heard - harsh criticism of these ideals and the rebuke of those who find it easier to point out flaws than to foster fellowship. The path to a better future for our nation will require more than that from each of us.


01/30/2008 02:05:23 AM

Jews don't do footwashing, that's Christian. Passover doesn't have anything to do with forgiveness of sins, that's Yom Kippur. It's not the start of a New Year, that's Rosh Hashanah. Bitter herbs are not to cleanse the body, but to remind us of the bitterness of slavery in Egypt. Removal of leavened items from the home is to remind us that we had to leave Egypt quickly and couldn't allow time for our bread to rise, and again has nothing to do with sin. Sin isn't a big deal in Judaism. This explanation is pure Christianity.


01/29/2008 12:30:22 AM

The day Before passover , is foot washing, which puts us in a spirit of humbleness before god, followed by the night to be much remembered that reminds us what god brought us out of and what he has promised us, then the following day is passover in which god overlooks our pass sins and gives us the spirit to resist future temptations and to start the new year with a clean slate, we do all this with a humble spirit, regretful of of our sinful nature,we also cleans our bodies with the bitter herbs and no leaven is found in our homes for seven days' this pictures the removal of sin from our lives, this has been our ritual for over 4,000 years.