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Passover (Pesach) 

In ancient times, Passover was one of the three harvest and pilgrimage holidays. Shavuot and Sukkot being the other two. Jews from far and wide would journey to Jerusalem to dedicate the first fruits of their harvests, giving thanks and praying for continued abundance.

The eight-day holiday of Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, takes place in the early spring and marks a new beginning. We cleanse our homes of bread and leavened products and re-tell the story of leaving 400 years of slavery in Egypt. It is called the Season of Our Freedom.  

We look to the stories and themes of Passover to provide guidance and ignite the fires of our fight for Freedom for All.

 

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A Little History | So what is Passover and why do we celebrate it?

Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus. Pesach means "to pass over" and is a reference to the G-D passing over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn the final plague wrought upon the Egyptians to ensure the freedom of the Jews. 

In addition to the celebration and retelling of, in a sense, our Jewish origin story as a People, Pesach is also the barley harvest festival. We would remove last year's grain from our homes to make room for the fresh harvest of barley that comes in the early spring in Israel. 

The Mystical Meanings | Some Psycho-Spiritual Meanings and Themes

Passover, like all other Jewish Holidays, has a myriad of themes to connect to on a psycho-spiritual level. Each holiday has the ability for interpretation and reflection. Each year the holiday can mean something else because, as the years pass we change, and how we see the holiday changes with us. Here are some themes that you may want to work with this year or in years to come.

  • Matzah is the bread of poverty, in what ways can you be more humble to allow others to have more?
  • We were slaves in Egypt but now are a free people. What is our responsibility as a people and what is your responsibility as an individual to stand up to the oppression of others?
  • What do you need to let go from last year to make room for this years new harvest?
  • The word for Egypt in Hebrew is Mitzrayim which means the narrows. We as Jews left a narrow place to be brought to the open expanse of the desert. What are the narrow places in your life? What do you need to do to leave it?

 

 

Fri, October 15 2021 9 Cheshvan 5782