Week 5 Assignment
The first of the articles I chose was from The Herald, and came in the form on a interview. The point of this article was to, in a unique albeit abridged way, explain where passover comes from. Both the holiday and the word for the holiday. Passover, the holiday, is the celebration of the Jews exodus from Egypt under the Pharaoh Ramses II. He was told by Moses to let the Jewish slaves go free and when he didn't God rained down ten plagues upon Egypt. Those plagues were blood, frogs, lice, wild beasts, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and finally the plague from where passover gets its name. The slaying of the first born children. The Israelites had been told to mark their doors with the blood of the lamb so that they would be "passed over" when the angel of death came to their house. In hebrew the word is "pesach" which means to exempt or spare.
This first article also went on to explain the logistics of the passover celebration. Like the fact that it lasts for eight days and begins on the fifteenth day of the Jewish month of Nissan. The obvious observance held during Passover is the removal of all leaven from the home. This commemorates the rush with which the Jews had to leave Egypt. In a culture that lived on daily bread rations, they didn't even have time to let theirs rise for the day. This is why those things are removed and flat breads are used for eating. But it's not just bread that must be removed. Ultra tradition states that anything made from wheat, rye, barley, and oats must be removed too. This includes certain types of whiskey. They can be put back ofter the Passover celebration is over.
The second article was out of the Toronto Star and focused a bit more of why there was no leaven allowed in a Jewish home during the Passover celebration. It explains as well how they had to leave Egypt in such a haste that they did not have the time to let their...