Israelis prepares for Passover festival (AP) Associated Press) BNEI BRAK, Israel 04/05/12 11:06 am ET)
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BNEI BRAK, Israel – Passover celebrates the biblical story of the
Israelites´ escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. The story
recounts that God killed the first-born boys of Egypt after the
pharaoh refused to release the children of Israel from bondage,
but "passed over" the houses of the Israelites.
Distraught over the death of his own son, the pharaoh let the
Israelites go. They were then given the Ten Commandments at Mount
Sinai and wandered in the desert for 40 years before arriving in the
Land of Israel.
The holiday begins with a traditional meal called a seder, in which
extended families gather to retell the story of the exodus. For the
next week, observant Jews do not eat bread, and instead eat
unleavened crackers called matzoh.
The tradition of eating matzoh comes from the Bible´s account that
the Jews left Egypt in such a hurry that there was no time to allow
the bread to rise.
Passover is a major Jewish festival and also the unofficial beginning
of spring in Israel. In the days before the holiday, Israelis
frantically clean their homes and cars, schools go on vacation, and
supermarkets and marketplaces enjoy some of their busiest days of the
year. (© 2012 The Associated Press 04/05/12)
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