19 April 2011, Tuesday, 9:23

Jews celebrate Passover

author: Eugene Rakhimkulov

All Jews are celebrating one of their most ancient holidays – Passover or Jewish Easter. Passover is more than three thousand years old and closely connected with the Bible legend about the exodus of Jews from the Egyptian slavery. The legend says that Israelis had arrived in Egypt as the clan of Jacob, consisting just of 70 people, but have left this country as the whole nation, consisting of 600 thousand.

Passover is celebrated during seven days and unlike the Christian Easter Passover isn’t attached to Sunday and can fall on any week day. On the eve of the first day Jews gather and read the story about the exodus from Egypt, sitting around the festive table. This meal is called “ceder” (means “order” from Hebrew) and is held in the strict order. The first day of the festival comes on the second morning and for all believers this is the day of prayers and rest, when any job is tabooed. For secular Jews this is just a day-off. After the first Passover day other several days, considered less substantial, follow and one more festive day, which is equated to the first one by the level of importance, finishes the Passover week. All Jews like to have their rest during Passover and often use this week for going abroad or just for the rest out of town.

As the director of the Jewish public community “KOHAV” RB Gita Lvovitch told to the news agency “Bashinform”, all meals on Passover are traditionally cooked with the use of matzo – the unleavened dough, reminding of the cakes the Jews were supplied with during the exodus. Passover celebration in Ufa will be held not only in the central synagogue but also in all “KOHAV” clubs and, sure, in the Jewish families.