March 31 - April 7
Just thought you might like to know… Pesach (Hebrew: פֶּסַח), aka Passover, commemorates the ancient Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt after generations of slavery. Many people observe the holiday by attending a Seder, a ritual meal during which the Pesach story is retold (including but not limited to: four cups of wine, four questions, and a story of four sons). Another common way to observe Pesach is to refrain from eating chametz (leavened grain- wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, or any of their derivatives), and eat matzah instead!
Ten devastating plagues were inflicted upon the ancient Egyptians on order to convince Pharaoh to let the slaves go free. The final and worst plague was the death of all the Egyptians’ first-born. Israelites marked their doorposts with blood so that their homes would be passed over and their first-born would live. Hence the name “Passover.”
This year, Pesach begins at sundown on Friday, March 30 and ends at sundown on Saturday, April 7.