Sun 8 Apr 2001

Passover begins

Passover, or in its Hebrew name "Pesach", is a Jewish holiday which commemorates the biblical story of the exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egypt, where the story says that they were enslaved.

At the centre of the story stands Moses, a Jewish man who was raised by Pharaoh's daughter, and was later commanded by God to free the Israelites and deliver them to the "land of milk and honey". 

The story, which also tells the story of the ten plagues that God inflicted upon the Egyptian and the long journey in the desert before reaching the "promised land", appears in the Old Testament, in the book of Exodus.

It is also one of the three pilgrimage festivals, which were important days in which Jews used to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. 

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