Jewish Passover
By Kaysee

This holiday began in Israel. It was started on 15th of April and it ends on the 22th. The reason why it was started is to celebrate the Hebrew people's freedom from the Egyptian bondage.

They celebrate it by celebrating the first and the seventh days full and the five days in between they celebrate them only half days. The foods they eat are Baked Apricot-Ginger, Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Lemon Angel, and Oriental Salada.

This holiday reminds me of Chanukah. The ways they are alike is in a Passover there is an amount of days and there is an amount of days in Chanukah. In Passover they have a feast and in Chanukah they also have a feast. They also celebrate it by getting together.

By Samuel

The story of Passover, Moses went to try and free slaves. It didn't work so he tried again, still didn't work so God sent bad plagues Egypt people. And they let the slaves free. Some of the food might be sponge cake, mousse cake, raspberry kisses, and harot. Clean the house first maybe singing.

It symbolizes blossoming which is our Easter. The first and last are full holiday, the middle are half holidays.

Jewish Passover
By: Timothy D.

Pesach started in Jerusalem about 3,300 years ago to celebrate the Jews freedom from the pharaoh in Egypt.

They celebrate it by making everything Kosher. Then they had to recit the four questions id Kiddush. They had to wash there hands thoroughly. They had to eat the green vegetable. Then they had to break the matza in the middle and hide half of it for Afikoman. Also they must recite the Passover story, the Hallel, and say Hamotzi and the special blessing for the matza. Before eating anything they must wash there hands and eats the bitter herb and matza together. They have to eat the Afikoman and serve the festive meal. Someone must say grace after the meal. And finally they must conclude the Seder.

Unfortunately we have no holiday the compares well to the Passover so this paragraph will not have much meaning. There are no examples I can give that compares the Passover to any of our holidays

-Gray Flanders-6th Grade

The Jewish holiday, Pesach starts on the fifteenth of Nisan, which is April in America, and it goes on for one whole week. In this week they have a game for kids to keep them awake. This game is called Afikoman. The object of the game is to find the matzah, which is unrisen bread. If you find this matzah you will get a prize because you are the winner of the game.

It is prohibited to eat leaven foods during this holiday but you can eat other foods such as bread, matzah, baked goods made from flour dough, and pastas. You also have a big meal before the holiday. This is called a Seder.

In America, I think Pesach relates to the American holiday Thanksgiving. They relate because they both have a big meal either before the holiday or during the holiday. Another way it relates to Thanksgiving is that they both are pilgrimage holidays and lastly they both give the opportunity to have a great time with our family and friends.

Pesach (Passover)
By: Tori

When is Pesach and when do they celebrate it? Pesach is a festival that reminds us of when the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt King Pharaoh. Pesach begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month Nissan. It is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agriculture significance. All though that Pesach does not relate to any of our holidays here are some of the thing that they do to celebrate the Passover, Pesach. Chametz is the five major grains wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt. They can not eat chametz during Pesach; they can't even own it or derive benefit from it. They can't feed their pets or cattle.

The celebration of Pesach (Passover)
By Chase H.

3000 years ago a man named Yahweh in Egypt. It is celebrated in memory of the time when their god, Yahweh, killed all first born Egyptians, while Israelis were saved. It is celebrated on the 15 day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, at the full moon. It lasts 8 days. The 4 middle days are called Chol Homo'ed. They slaughter a lamb and use its blood to paint the edge of the door red. They eat Harnetz, it is five species of bread(wheat, barely, oats, spelt, and rye).

It is almost like Easter because it is the celebration of bloom. There is also an animal included in the celebration. They also have a day for spiritual freedom just like Easter Sunday.

Pesach [Passover]By: Kellie M.

Pesach was started in Jerusalem.

They celebrated Pesach for 7 days. In the week they do not eat leaved food but 1st and last days celebrated as a fun festival. When the holiday happens it happens on the 15th day of Nissan. It happens on the 13th day of April here. It last for a week. They do have special activities. To keep children awake they play a game where you hide Matzah [bread]. The children have to find it. The 1st who finds it gets a prize. The game is called Afikoman. They eat breads or matzah. Baked goods made of flour dough, also all types of pasta. They have a long ceremony called Sedar.

Pesach means Thanksgiving here. Here are some examples of how Pesach is alike to us. One is that there is a big feast either during or right before the holiday. Two is that you have a great time with your family.

By: Tyler C.

The Jewish holiday, Pesach, was started in Jerusalem about 3,300 years ago. It started to celebrate the Jewish people's freedom from Egypt. They celebrated it by making everything kosher. For special activities they learn the four question's of the Seder. They recite the Kiddush. Then they wash their hands. After that they eat green vegetable. They also break the middle matza and hide half for Afikoman. After that they recite the Passover story. Then they wash hands before meal. Next they say Hamotiz and the special blessing for the matza. After they do that they eat the bitter herb and the matza together. Then they serve the festive meal. Next they eat the Afikoman. They say grace after the meal. conclude the Seder All of their food is kosher. We don't have a holiday that is like Pesach. The Passover is a Jewish holiday and celebrated only by the Jewish people.

Samantha T.

Passover is a celebration of freedom, in particular the celebration of God's deliverance of the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, God commanded that in order for the events in Egypt to be remembered for all time, that a holiday must be observed by every Jew every year. Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is the celebration of freedom for the Jewish people. The story of Passover can be found in the Torah's second book, Exodus. The Jews were slaves of the Pharaoh in country-region place Egypt. They were forced to build his monuments and cities, or face death. Moses was the leader of these enslaved people. He demanded that Pharaoh release his people from their bondage, or face the wrath of their God. When Pharaoh refused, God brought many plagues upon the place called Egypt. Pharaoh still would not release the Jews. God then brought down the final plague on country-region place Egypt: He killed all Egyptian first-born sons. Moses instructed the Jews to kill a lamb and to mark the outside of their homes with its blood so that God would know to pass over the house, and leave the children inside unharmed. This is how the holiday of Passover received its name. It celebrates the "passing over" of the Jewish households, and the freedom they received. Moses was believed to have led his people out of Egypt around 1446 B.C.

The Passover celebration itself centers around a ceremonial meal called a Seder, which consists of eating symbolic foods and drinking symbolic wine, with a story of the Exodus, according a book called the Haggadah (which means "narration"). Everyone helps with the dinner and celebration. The table is set with candles, which must be lit, by a woman, by nightfall. A special blessing is pronounced in connection with the lighting of the candles. The Seder is a meal that each dish has meaning, and represents something from the struggles Jews faced in country-regionplaceEgypt. The rules surrounding Passover are strict. Kitchen utensils and dishware normally used are not be used during Passover. Special dishes and utensils for the Passover holiday are taken out of storage, cleaned and used. The house has to be cleaned very well. Anything that touches food has to be really clean. The centerpiece of which is the Seder plate, a special plate containing the 5 foods that remind us of the struggle of the Israelites in their quest and journey to freedom. The Seder plate contains foods that have special meaning for this holiday, Haroseth parsley (dipped in salt water) roasted egg, shank bone and bitter herbs. Charosetis also served. Charoset is a grates apple mixture that looks a lot like the clay used in brick construction in ancient Egypt. It is a reminder of the hard labor of slavery. It is said that the Seder is celebrated especially for the children. Three pieces of matzoh are placed in a Matzoh Cover (a cloth sleeve or envelope) and placed in the center of the Seder table. Before the meal begins the middle matzoh is removed and broken in half. One half is returned to the Matzoh Cover, the other - the Afikomen - is hidden, to be hunted by the children at the end of the Seder meal. The child who finds the Afikomen wins a special prize. Some homes breakthe Afikomen in to many pieces assuring that each child present can find a piece and receive a prize Matzo is unleavened bread. In country-regionplaceEgypt, the bread did not have time to rise before the Jews departed from country-regionplaceEgypt, so it was baked in an unleavened state for the journey. It is still consumed in its unleavened state in remembrance of the haste needed to leave country-regionplaceEgypt. Four glasses of red wine that represent freedom, deliverance, redemption and release are drank during the Seder. A fifth cup of wine is poured and placed on the Seder table. This is the Cup of Elijah, an offering for the Prophet Elijah. During the Seder the door to the home is opened to invite theprophet Elijah in. At the Seder it is the youngest child at the table that answers the 4 questions asked at Passover. On all other nights we eat all kinds of breads and crackers. Why do we eat only matzoh on Pesach ? Matzoh reminds us that when the Jews left the slavery of country-regionplaceEgypt they had no time to bake their bread. They took the raw dough on their journey and baked it in the hot desert sun intohard crackers called matzoh. On all other nights we eat many kinds of vegetables and herbs. Why do we eat bitter herbs, maror, at our Seder? Maror reminds us of the bitter and cruel way the Pharaoh treated the Jewish people when they were slaves in country-regionplaceEgypt. On all other nights we don't usually dip one food into another at our Seder we dip the parsley in salt water and the bitter herbs in Charoset. Why do we dip our foods twice tonight? We dip bitter herbs into Charoset to remind us how hard the Jewish slaves worked in country-regionplaceEgypt.The chopped apples and nuts look like the clay used to make the bricks used in building the Pharaoh's buildings we dip parsley into salt water. The parsley reminds us that spring is here and new life will grow. The salt water reminds us of the tears of the Jewish slaves. On all other nights we eat sitting up straight. Why do we lean on a pillow tonight? We lean on a pillow to be comfortable and to remind us that once we were slaves, but now we are free.

I think that Thanksgiving is kind of like Passover. We share dinner with our family. We give thanks for family, food and our freedoms. We celebrate it every year to remember those who came here to give us the right to celebrate religion any way we want. We eat food that they probably ate like turkey, corn and pumpkin.