Jewish Holy Days Paper

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Jewish Holy Days Paper The purpose of this essay is to explain and describe the reason why Jewish people celebrate the Passover. This paper will try to cover the time of year, the historical origin, and the religious practices associated with the Passover. Rich (5756-5771, 1995-2011) states that “Pesach, known in English as Passover, is one of the most commonly observed Jewish holidays, even by otherwise non-observant Jews. According to the 2000-01 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), 67% of Jews routinely hold or attend a Pesach seder, while only 46% belong to a synagogue. This Passover festival typically lasts about seven or eight days. It begins on the 15th day of the month of Nissan in the Jewish calendar. During the seven or eight days, they are not allowed to eat leavened bread. As a matter of fact, before the Passover begins they go through their entire home and get rid of anything that contains leaven. The Jewish people celebrate this festival to honor the Exodus from Egypt and being delivered from slavery under the hand of Pharaoh. According to the Bible, the Lord had promised the children of Israel that he would rescue them from oppression. He told them that he would lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey. There were many events that led up to the Passover. In the Bible, they are considered the 10 plagues, the 10th being the Passover. The first plague was a plague of blood. The Lord commanded Moses and Aaron and to strike the water of the Nile River and he would turn all of the water in Egypt into blood. Even the water stored in wooden bowls and stone pots turned to blood. The second plague was a plague of frogs. Once again the Lord commanded Aaron and Moses to strike the waters and frogs would come up and cover the whole land. The third plague was a plague of gnats. Aaron struck the ground with his staff and the dust turned into gnats
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