Do you truly know the story of Passover?
Passover (pesach in Hebrew) is a Jewish holiday celebrated each year in the early spring over eight days by Jews living outside of Israel and seven for Jews living within Israel.
The festival “commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt … [and] is observed by avoiding leaven and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matza and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.”
As slaves in Egypt, the Israelites suffered under brutal conditions, forced to do hard physical labor in the sunny, humid dessert. Harsh treatment was rampant and Pharaoh (the Egyptian king) didn’t care how badly the slaves were treated.
As the story goes:
“G‑d saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: ‘Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.’ But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed G‑d’s command. G‑d then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.
“At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), G‑d visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, G‑d spared the children of Israel, ‘passing over’ their homes — hence the name of the holiday … The Israelites left in such a hurry, in fact, that the bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand [families] left Egypt on that day and began the trek to Mount Sinai.”
As commanded, the Jewish people have passed the story of the Passover from generation to generation, retelling it every year over the course of their seder meals.
In celebration, we’ve gathered this collection of the most inspirational Passover quotes and bible verses that summarize what makes this holiday so special.
1. Enjoy and live in the moment.
“Passover is a time of reflection and joy. When we emerge from our cocoon of doubt to fly freely on the wings of faith.” — Unknown
2. Love your freedom and continue striving for it.
“Freedom is within our grasp, and Pesach reminds us that we need to reach.” — Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
3. You shape your reality.
“This is true freedom: Our ability to shape reality. We have the power …Continue Reading