Jewish Holy Days Paper
April 30, 2013
There are many religious celebrations conducted at certain times of the year all around the world, along with rituals that are performed. Jewish holidays or “Holy Days” are no different. Passover is one of the Jewish Holidays and is the topic of this paper. This discussion will entail the time of year that the Jewish holiday is observed, its historical origin, its religious practices, history, and cultural differences. Passover is known to be observed in January, which is the first month of the year.
During the eight-day festival, Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And by following the rituals of Passover, they have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that their ancestors gained (Molloy, 2010). It began with the Israelites being enslaved to the Egyptians for decades, in which they were instructed to perform backbreaking labor. “God” saw the distress of the Israelites, and sent Moses (who was the person chosen by God to free the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt) to Pharaoh with a message to “let his people go.”
Pharaoh refused to heed to Gods command and received 10 devastating plagues. Plagues that not only afflicted the people, but literally destroyed everything, including their livestock and their crops. Toward the end of the plagues, “God” decided to kill the firstborn of all the Egyptians because of...