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The Jewish people celebrate the festival of Passover to remember their being freed over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in Egypt which was ruled by the Pharaohs, and also their freedom as a nation under the leadership of the Prophet Mosesas. It honours the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible especially in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. It begins on the 15th of

Jewish Priests (called Rabbis) reading their Holy Book, the Torah

the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts for either seven days (within Israel) or eight days (outside Israel). In Judaism, a day starts at dusk in the evening and lasts until the following dusk, thus the first day of Passover only begins after dusk of the 14th of Nisan and ends at dusk of the 15th day of the month of Nisan. Food plays a huge role in most Jewish celebrations and Passover is no exception. The highlight of the Passover celebration is a dinner called Seder. The whole family gathers at the Seder to retell the Passover story using the Haggadah, a religious text, as a guide. Seder means “order� in Hebrew, which is why the dinner is carried out in 15 parts and in a specific order as written in the Haggadah. Children are usually rewarded with nuts and candies if they are active in the discussion. A sort of game is even played during the program to further engage the children. The larger piece of matzo which is broken off during the 4th step (Yachatz) becomes the afikoman and hidden by the parents. Whoever finds it is awarded with a prize. The afikoman is then eaten on the 12th step (Tzafun). Passover Seders often go late into the night and are concluded by singing religious songs which can also be found in the Haggadah. So the rituals unique to the Passover celebrations begin with the Passover Seder when the 15th of Nisan has begun. In the Northern Hemisphere Passover takes place in spring as the Torah prescribes it: "in the month of [the] spring" (Exodus 23:15). In this year (of 2014) the timing for Passover is from dusk on the 14th till dusk on the 22nd April. In the story of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians which caused the Pharaoh to be forced to release his Israelite slaves.

Here are the verses of the Bible (Torah or Old Testament) that describe and warn of the individual Divine afflictions: 1. Turning Water into Blood 7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.

Frogs were found everywhere in streets, houses, kitchens and bedrooms.

2. Plague of Frogs 8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: 8:3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneading troughs: 8:4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants. 3. Plague of Gnats or Lice 8:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

Close up of a Head Louse. It lays 8 eggs a day on your head for 30 days.

Head Lice eat your blood and lay eggs (or Nits) on your hair, causing bad itching.

4. Plague of Flies 8:21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are. 5. The Livestock become Diseased 9:3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain (epidemic).

6. Plague of Boils 9:8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. 7. Thunder and Hail

People’s whole bodies became infected with sores which were full of pus.

9:18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. 8. Plague of Locusts 10:4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: 10:5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field. 9. Darkness over the Land 10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. 10. Death of the First-born 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

Locust is a grasshopper that moves in swarms and eats all the grass and grains.

A swarm will eat all crops in its path and create famine as it travels in the area.

This tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the firstborn in these homes, hence the English name of the holiday. Historically, together with Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

Thousands of Jews gather at the Western Wall in the Holy city of Jerusalem to celebrate Passover


Pilgrims crowd streets of Jerusalem carrying along their Holy Scriptures

A Jewish boy watches during the Annual Cohanim prayer, or Priest's blessing

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