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About the Holiday

Passover, or Pesach (PEH-sach) or פֶּסַח in Hebrew, celebrates the Exodus of Israelites from slavery to freedom in Ancient Egypt more than 3000 years ago. During this holiday, like other Jewish holidays, we are to observe the holiday with symbolic rituals, foods, and prayers as well as to share the story to family and friends, near and far, as if we went through the ordeal ourselves. But, beyond this simple definition of the holiday, Passover is also one of three pilgrimmage festivals, with Shavuot and Sukkot being the other two.  Pesach comes from the Hebrew root, Pay-Samech-Chet, meaning to pass-through or to "pass over." It refers to the experience that God "passed over" the homes of the Israelites and spared them from the final plague - the slaying of the fist born.  Passover is sometimes referred to Chag He'Aviv, "the Spring Festival," or Chag ha-Matzot, "the festival of unleavened bread (or matzah)."   

When Is It?

  • 5784:  April 22 - April 29, 2024
  • 5785:  April 13 - April 20, 2025

Last updated: 2/29/24

Mon, March 4 2024 24 Adar I 5784