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what is passover?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    About 3000 years ago the Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians under the rule of the Pharaoh Ramses II. According to the Book of Exodus - Moses, a simple Jewish shepherd, was instructed by G-d to go to the pharaoh and demand the freedom of his people.

    Moses' plea of let my people go was ignored. Moses warned the Pharaoh, on G-d's orders, that G-d would send severe punishments to the people of Egypt if the Israelites were not freed. Again the Pharaoh ignored Moses' request of freedom. In response G-d unleashed a series of 10 terrible plagues on the people of Egypt

    Blood

    Frogs

    Lice (vermin)

    Wild Beasts(flies)

    Blight (Cattle Disease)

    Boils

    Hail

    Locusts

    Darkness

    Slaying of the First Born

    The holiday's name - Pesach, meaning "passing over" or "protection" in Hebrew, is derived from the instructions given to Moses by G-d . In order to encourage the Pharaoh to free the Israelites, G-d intended to kill the first-born of both man and beast. To protect themselves, the Israelites were told to mark their dwellings with lamb's blood so that G-d could identify and "pass over" their homes.

    The Pharaoh was unconvinced and refused to free the Jewish slaves, until the last plague.

    When the Pharaoh finally agreed to freedom, the Israelites left their homes so quickly that there wasn't even time to bake their breads. So they packed the raw dough to take with them on their journey. As they fled through the desert they would quickly bake the dough in the hot sun into hard crackers called matzohs. Today to commemorate this event, Jews eat matzoh in place of bread during Passover.

    Though the Jews were now free, their liberation was incomplete. The Pharaoh's army chased them through the desert towards the Red Sea. When the Jews reached the sea they were trapped, since the sea blocked their escape

    It was then that a miracle occurred. The waves of the Red Sea parted and the Israelites were able to cross to the other side. As soon as they all reached the other side the sea closed trapping the Pharaoh's army as the waves closed upon them

    Then as the Israelites watched the waters of the Red Sea sweep away the Pharaoh's army they realized they were finally free

    Passover celebrates this history. The first 2 nights of the 8 day holiday are celebrated with meals called Seders in which the stories and history of Passover are remembered. Matzo is a part of the Seder

    It was also Jesus' Last Supper. That is the reason that Easter must follow after Passover, instead of having a specific day of the year for Easter.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'd just like to point out that not only has Passover been celebrated WAY LONGER THAN EASTER, but Easter used to be called Pasca, after Pesach (the hebrew word for Passover) and the christians would base the day of easter on Passover. The so-called Last Supper was a Passover seder, and Jesus himself was a passover celebrator, if he really existed at all. Constantine, the Roman emporer decided to change the dependence of easter on passover, changed its name, set a specific rule. But people still asked the Jews and he decided to ban the Jewish high court of Rabbis called the sanhedrin.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Passover is when moses was in Egypt and his brother was the pharaoh but would not listen to moses about letting the Jewish go so God sent down plagues and one of them was the passover which was when everyone was asleep the holy spirit went to each house and if the houses front door was not marked with the lambs blood Moses sacrifice earlier that day the first born son of the family was killed. As for why people celebrate it is because this led to the Jews being freed from slavery

    Source(s): the bible
  • 1 decade ago

    During the reign of Pharaoh, when Moses was asking him to let his people (the Jews) go, several calamities were imposed on his land. These plagues were to show him and his people that Jehovah was the most powerful and only true God. They included turning all water into blood, grasshoppers that ate all the vegetation, darkness throughout the land and one other was the passover. This plague would cause the death of all the male firstborn to all in that land. An angel of the True God told the Jews to make a mark on the outside of their houses using lambs blood so that the angel of death would not take their firstborn-The Passover......KECK

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  • 1 decade ago

    During the reign of Pharaoh, when Moses was asking him to let his people (ISRAEL) go for 3 days into the wilderness to make sarfices to God. Pharaoh said NO, several (9 to humble thier fake gods and 1 to humble the Pharaoh who thought he was a god) calamities were imposed on his land. These plagues were to show him and his people that Jehovah was the most powerful and only true God.

    They included turning all water into blood, grasshoppers that ate all the vegetation, darkness throughout the land and one other was about killing the firstborn of everything but it PASSED OVER people who listen to Moses and did what they had to do.

    This plague would cause the death of all the male firstborn to all in that land. An angel of the True God was told kill anyone without the mark on the outside of their houses using lambs blood so that the angel of death would not take their firstborn and called to be called Passover.

    What the Jew do today has VERY little to do what this really meant, because it was to stop after the death of Christ which they do not except.

  • Sabine
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The story of Passover has its beginning in the days of Abraham.

    When G-d promised Abraham (then still called Abram) an heir, whose seed would be as numerous as the stars, G-d also informed him at the same time of the long period of enslavement his children would endure for 400 years, until they would be liberated "with abundant substance."

    First of Abraham's descendants to arrive in Egypt was Joseph, whose miraculous rise from slavery to the Viceroyalty is one of the most inspiring narratives of the Torah.

    In the dramatic story of Joseph and his brothers we can clearly see the guiding hand of Divine Providence which led Jacob and his family cheerfully to Egypt.

    The arrival of Jacob and his family in Egypt was a march of triumph. So was also the departure, 210 years later, of his children, the children of Israel, from Egypt a march of triumph.

    There was this difference: the small family of seventy souls had become a great and unified nation of several million souls, of whom 600,000 adults (men only) marched forth "with a high hand."

    Passover will start on April 2-10 of 2007

    Source(s): www.chabad.org www.religioustolerence.org
  • 1 decade ago

    what is Passover: it's a memorial of when the the Death Angel Passed over the doors of the children of Israel who had the blood on there doors read (Exodus 12 Chapter 1-36 Holy Bible)

  • 1 decade ago

    The Hebrew word is Pesach. Passah is a shade of the coming things and a holy attitude, which include the understanding over the blood federation also, the characteristic of the first born, the court and the wedding celebration of the bride. It is for the memory of all generations that JHWH brought the children out of Israel from the chain of the slavery .

    Source(s): http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com/das_passahfest.ht... is in german-Passahfest--passover
  • 1 decade ago

    passover is a Jewish holiday. instead of them celebrating Christmas...they celebrate Passover. it last for a week. everyone in their family gets small presents each day and then on the last day they get a big present.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Do not let the mean comments by Jews on this site deter you & your family from doing Passover. Enjoy the whole feast & rejoice in Yahshua the Messiah & what He has done for you. The Feasts are the Feasts of YHWH & as such they are open to all. The Jews are jealous as hell that anyone else does what they see as theirs alone. News for you YHWH says we can & we do. Just get the right date 14Nisan which is Saturday night & follow what Moshe has said. Joy & Peace to you & your family, May YHWH Bless you on the next part of your journey with Him, In Messiah Yahshua. Shalom.

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