Passover, “Pesach” in Hebrew, is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (Shavuot and Sukkot, being the other two).
On Passover, Jews everywhere celebrate the redemption of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, over 3800 years ago.
Moses, the leader of the Israelites, was commanded by God to demand of Pharaoh, the Egyptian ruler, to let the Jewish people go. Pharaoh was not keen on the idea. Eventually, the Jews of Egypt escaped Pharaoh and slavery in the most spectacular fashion.
Passover observances involve the eating of the Matzah (unleavened bread) and the celebration of the Seder. The Matzah eaten on Passover is made of flour and water and without yeast and is baked quickly. It commemorates the hasty departure of the Jews from Egypt, which did not allow time for lengthy preparation and rising doughs. And during the Seder the story of the exodus in told and retold in detail.
The picture book, The Passover Story, tells the story of the Jews of ancient Egypt and their escape from slavery in lovely rhymes accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.
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