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Passover 2025 begins the evening of April 12 

and concludes after nightfall on April 20, 2025

Passover • פסח

The Festival of Our Freedom

What are we celebratig
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What are we celebrating?

What is Passover/ Pesach?

The eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 22 - 30, 2024.

On Passover, we celebrate how G‑d took the Jewish People out of Egypt, where they had been enslaved by Pharaoh. With Moses as His representative, G‑d brought 10 plagues upon the Egyptians until they agreed to send the Jews from their land.

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When we read the Haggadah at the Seder meal, we retell this story to our children, who will one day retell it to their children. Also known as the story of Exodus, it is recorded in the Bible and is important to the Jewish people because it tells us how G‑d chose us to be His special people, which helps us understand our purpose and meaning in life.

Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include eating matzah and retelling the story of the Exodus.

In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.

How to Celebate

How to Celebrate

On the first two nights of Pesach, a festivity called a "Seder" is held. The Seder is comprised of 15 steps, including:

  • Retelling the story of the Exodus, which is elaborated on in the Haggadah, the traditional guide-book to the Seder experience.

  • Eating matzah, flat, hard “bread” that was baked before it had a chance to rise, to recall our ancestors’ urgent flight from Egypt—they left in such a hurry that there was no time for their bread to rise.

  • If possible, drinking grape juice.

The Seder can be celebrated anywhere, on one's own or with any amount of people.

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On Passover, we neither own nor benefit from chametz (anything containing grain that has risen, including virtually all breads, cakes, crackers, pastas, whiskeys and beers) from the morning preceding Passover until the holiday has ended.

Whatever chametz items are owned by a Jew are typically sold to a non-Jew for the 8-day holiday.

Looking for Matzah or Seder items to celebrate Passover this year?

Reach out to your local Chabad, or send us a message and we'll pass it along.

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What Is...

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Chametz?

Chametz is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and “rise.”

On Passover, we neither own nor benefit from chametz. Chametz that is owned by a Jew is typically sold to a non-Jew for the holiday.

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Matzah?

Matzah (מַצָּה) is unleavened bread made from just flour and water and baked before it has a chance to rise. It is eaten on Passover at the center of the Seder celebration.

It is strongly recommended to use handmade, round shmurah matzah.

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The Seder?

The seder is a 15-step meal held on the first two nights of Passover, when we eat matzah and tell the story of the Exodus.

The Hagaddah is the traditional guide-book used during the Seder experience, which elaborates on the story.

Resources

Looking for more resources?

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Seder-To-Go contains a complete Seder experience in a kit.

 

Whether you're making the Seder on your own or with a friend, it's easy and exciting to celebrate Passover with these beautiful items.

Reach out to your local Chabad to request a kit, or send us a message.

Already received one? We'd love to hear your feedback!

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The Short Story

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On Passover, we celebrate how G‑d took the Jewish People out of Egypt, where they had been enslaved by Pharaoh. With Moses as His representative, G‑d brought 10 plagues upon the Egyptians until they agreed to send the Jews from their land.

When we read the Haggadah at the Seder meal, we retell this story to our children, who will one day retell it to their children. Also known as the story of Exodus, it is recorded in the Bible and is important to the Jewish people because it tells us how G‑d chose us to be His special people, which helps us understand our purpose and meaning in life.

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The Full
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Desert Dunes

Even after a hundred years of Exile, the Jewish people never got used to Egypt. They never accepted their status as slaves.

So when Moses came and said they were leaving, they believed him. They went.

We all have our Egypts. Don't make peace with them.

We are a nation of believers, and

This is the time of our freedom.

May we soon celebrate true freedom together with our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.

Wishing you a joyous and kosher Passover!

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