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PASSOVER (PESACH) 2017 begins in the evening of Monday, April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18

Pesach is a spring festival which during the time of the Jerusalem Temple was connected to the offering of the "first-fruits of the barley", barley being the first grain to ripen and to be harvested in Israel. Passover begins on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts for seven days (in Israel) or eight days in the disaspora.

In the story of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the English name of the holiday.

When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). In commemoration, for Passover no leavened bread is eaten.

If you would like to be hosted by a Harrogate Shul family for Seder, please contact us in plenty of time before the holiday.


If you would like, here are two Pesach dances for Echad Mi Yodea - Who Knows One!

The first is a very family, easy version you can see by clicking on the image above.

The second, by the renowned Bat Sheva Dance Company is much more modern and up to date. Take a look here.  Enjoy!