Thursday, March 11, 2010
Fellow esty members are hosting a Passover Freedom Event. Check out Etsy Chai blog for more details.
The EtsyChai Team is hosting a Passover Freedom Event. You can shop with the EtsyChai team for Passover items in plenty of time to receive them before the holiday begins with the first Seder on March 29.
Participating shops will be listed on the blog this week and you can search on Etsy with the keywords: "pesach" or "etsychai". Please remember to use the word "Passover" in Notes to Seller when you check out!
What is Passover?
Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, the first month of the Hebrew calendar's. the Bible tells that God inflicted ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Hebrew slaves, with the tenth plague being the killing of firstborn sons. The Hebrews were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, hence the term "passover".
When Pharaoh freed the Hebrews, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread to rise. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover, no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called "The Festival of the Unleavened Bread". Matzot is the primary symbol of Passover holiday. This bread that is flat and unrisen is called Matzot.
After 410 years of slavery in Egypt, Moses told Pharaoh that he must "Let My People Go." Each time Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites, God brought another plague upon the Egyptians. The tenth and final plague was the death of firstborn children.
In executing this plague, God passed through the land of Egypt, But "passed over" Jewish homes. Thus, The holiday is called Passover. The Israelites were then released from bondage. But the Israelites only truly became free when, 50 days after the Exodus, They accepted the Torah from God at Mount Sinai. Thus, The Jewish nation was born. Every Passover, We are commanded to tell the Passover story.
Adapted from Holy-Mall.com