Passover

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Passover
Michael Hull
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May 14, 2013
Robert Schuler

Passover
Pesach also known as Passover is celebrated by more Jewish people than any other of their religious holidays. Originating from one of the ten plagues sent by god and brought by Mosses. The ritual last for several days and takes weeks to prepare for and has slightly different practices by different branches of Jewish religion.
Time of year Most places today use a Gregorian calendar adopted from the earlier Julian calendar ("Calendars through the Ages", 2008). The Jewish calendar is used mostly for Jewish holidays and is believed to be set down by the Sanhedrin president Hillel II. An ordinary (non-leap) year has 353, 354, or 355 days. A leap year has 383, 384, or 385 days. The three lengths of the years are termed, "deficient," "regular," and "complete," respectively. An ordinary year has 12 months, a leap year has 13 months. Every month starts (approximately) on the day of a new moon ("Calendars through the Ages", 2008). Pesach is the actual name given to the Jewish holy day, Passover being the English translation. Pesach is celebrated in the spring and starts on the 15 day in the month of Nisan. Pesach last for 8 days 7 in Israel ("Chabad.org", 1993-2013). This is a spring time event and is practiced by most Jewish people even those that are considered to be non-observant.
Historical Origin
Moses brought with him the 10 plagues to free his people. When present with the ultimatum to release the people or suffer the wrath of god the pharaoh did not believe and the country suffered due to the decision. The last of the ten plagues was to claim of the first born child of the Egyptians. God commanded those of faith to spread lambs blood on the door post and lintel of their homes. The meat was to be eaten that night with matzah and bitter herbs. “At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the…...

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