Passover begins Monday night

Published March 22, 2013 12:19 pm
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After the sun sets Monday night, Jews in Utah and across the world will swap bread for matzo, hold seders and retell the story of their ancestors fleeing Egypt thousands of years ago.

It's all part of Passover, the holiday that begins Monday night and lasts seven to eight days (depending on the traditions and locations of those observing it). During that time, many Jews will hold seders, dinner services during which they read from the Haggadah, in their homes. The Haggadah retells the story of the holiday and includes ritual observances.

During Passover, many Jews avoid eating bread in remembrance of the unleavened bread their ancestors ate when they fled Egypt because they didn't have time for their bread to rise. Passover commemorates the redemption of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom.

Lisa Schencker



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