Festival of PASSOVER
Friday, March 30 - Friday, April 6
The Season of Our Freedom
What is Passover? Passover is Many Things
It is a Festival of Freedom, when we recall how Adonai released our ancestors from slavery in Egypt and assisted in bringing a free people into existence.
Passover is an Agricultural Festival, which in ancient times marked the beginning of the grain harvest. In those days, our ancestors were farmers tilling the soil for a livelihood. The story of Passover reminds us of the Land of Israel.
Passover is a Pilgrimage Festival. Three times during the year, the Israelites, according to the laws of the Torah, went in joyous procession to Jerusalem. There they celebrated the three festivals that occur during the year: the festivals of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot.
Passover is all of these things, but it is especially a holiday for children-a tradition to pass on from generation to generation - L'dor V'dor... Our ancestors were instructed: "You shall tell it to your (son) child." Today, Jews around the world still follow the tradition of retelling the story of Passover. We recount the story of the Jews in the land of Egypt and the trials and tribulations that our ancestors endured. We teach our children to value freedom, never taking it for granted and fighting for those who are still not free.
The Seder Service, the reading of the Haggadah, the Four Questions, the "stealing of the afikome" - all these are meant for boys and girls, to teach them the importance of this great holiday in the history of Jewish people.