Passover celebration has become one of the important landmarks of the Nation of Israel. A celebration that reminds them of their freedom from slavery and bondage in Egypt has been a witness to every important event in the Jewish history. Passover has derived its original meaning in the Biblical book Exodus as commanded by God to them.
Passover in a Nutshell
Passover originally came from the word “to pass over” which was the term used in the book of Exodus when God instructed the people to slaughter an unblemished lamb and put its blood in their doorpost so that when the angel of destroyer sees the blood, He will pass over it. Thus, Passover became a symbol of salvation, deliverance, freedom and mercy of God towards His people. If not for the Pharaoh’s disbelief of their God and if he just let the Jews go to their own land there would be no Passover instituted.
Passover in a Hebrew word is “Pesach” which is observed in Israel and in other Jewish communities worldwide in the nightfall of the 14th day of the month of Nissan until the nightfall of the 21st day of Nissan.
Passover in Israel is a seven-day holiday of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread where the first and the last days are the legal holidays where holiday meals are prepared in the table, no work is allowed for this day is holy, and special prayer services are done.