Passover. The Festival of Freedom
Freedom. We all enjoy it, but we didn't always have it. The Israelites people in Egypt certainly didn't, when they lived in slavery under the vicious king Pharaoh.
On the eight days of Passover (Pesach) we celebrate the exodus from Egypt, the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery and the rebirth of our nation under Moses’ leadership.
The story of Passover
Pharaoh enslaved the Jews to keep them subordinate and the Jews remained slaves for more than 200 years until Moses was born and became a leader of the Jewish people.
When Moses came to king Pharaoh as God's messenger and asked him to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh refused. God's hand was behind the king's rough heart, so that everyone, Egyptians and Israelites, could see God's endless power, strength, and mercy.
Pharaoh's reaction led to the horrific ten plagues which spread distraction and pain all throughout Egypt. The 10 plagues were as follows: the water of the Nile river turned to blood, swarms of frogs flooded the land, lice-infested all the people and animals, packs of wild animals invaded the cities, a disease killed the domestic animals, the Egyptians were covered with painful boils, a hailstorm of fire and ice fell, swarms of locusts destroyed the crops, darkness cloaked the land, and finally, all the firstborns of Egypt were killed.
Passover is called Pesach in Hebrew because God "pasah" - passed over - the homes of the Israelites on the night of most deadly plague, when all firstborns were killed.
It was only then that king Pharaoh finally realized that he better let the Israelites go, and so he did. However, after they left, Pharaoh changes his mind and he and his army chase after them, trapping the Jews at the Red Sea. G-d then performs a miracle and splits the Sea so the Jewish people can walk through before releasing the walls of water back together to drown the Egyptians.
How is Passover celebrated?
Passover is all about remembering and experiencing the Exodus story.
To pass the story and observe Passover we use to gather for a festive meal called the “Seder.”
Seder means “order” and the sequence of the ritual dinner follows a specific order as we celebrate our freedom together, retelling the Exodus story so that we can pass it from generation to generation.
During the Seder, we read from the Haggadah, which is a special booklet for Passover that tells the Exodus story and contains other Passover rituals and blessings.
We use a Seder plate with traditional food items on it, drink four glasses of wine, and hide and search for the Afikoman before eating it as dessert.
Happy Passover, Chag Pesah Sameach!
Passover. The perfect time for cleaning and re-energizing
In Israel, the days before the Chag (holiday) are one big shopping celebration, the shopping centers are packed with shoppers. We buy presents for EVERYONE. The Seder host, our kids, our parents, and grandparents, even one for the aunt we can't really remember the name. But it doesn't end up with presents.
It's springtime in Israel and the perfect time to fill the house with new plants and flowers, through old things, clean and re-organize the house, buy some new things, new clothes and everything that re-energize ourselves with a holiday atmosphere and good vibes.
Inside the Passover JoyBox, you can find a game that symbolizes the ritual of cleaning the house from Chametz. family treasure hunt; the Bdikat Chometz turns into a treasure hunt, a fun game for the whole family.
What is a Bedikat Chametz? Bedikat Chametz literally means “check” or “look” for Chametz (leavened foods). It refers to a search for chametz in your home in order to make them chametz-free for Pesach.
For this pre-Passover ritual, you will need a candle, feather, wooden spoon, paper bag, as well as 10 pieces of bread -- luckily for you, we’ve included everything in this box! Whether you clean your house of chametz or not, you can make Bedikat Chametz a game with your family the night before Passover begins or during any other family time.
To make it even more interesting, whoever finds the most pieces of bread will get to enjoy the Chametz-free candy reward (included)!.
Chag: Friday, April 19 to Saturday, April 27
Shipping time: April 9