Passover Story

Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.  Some people believe that the meaning of Passover lies in retelling the story:  By following the rituals of Passover, Jewish people have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that our ancestors gained.

After decades of backbreaking slavery and labor in ancient Egypt, Moses, the leader of the Jewish people, asked Pharaoh to “let my people go!”  When he refused, G-d intervened, and the Jews quickly (so quickly that they did not even have time for their bread to rise) escaped from the land of their enslavement, as detailed in the Hagaddah which we read through during the Seder.

We observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leavened items such as bread and baked goods from our homes for eight days, eating unleavened bread, or matzah (matza), and telling the story of exodus and redemption to our children.