As a sacred holiday, Passover marks the yearly celebration of triumph in the Jewish Faith. Commemorating the freedom of the ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as told in the book of Exodus, Passover begins on 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan, as it took place over 3300 years ago (corresponding this year to the evening of Friday, April 6). After years of slavery, the Isralites were "passed over" to freedom at the hands of God. As the story goes, the rulers of Egypt were inflicted with ten plagues. God passed over the homes of the Israelites, as he entered the homes of the Egyptians to slain their first born child. From locus infestation, to the death of their first born, the Egyptians were pushed into freeing the Isralites.
Honoring the escape of these people, Passover represents the safety and deliverance from God in times of need. Celebrated each year with a Passover Seder, or a dinner, in which Jewish people partake in rituals and "The Festival of Unleavened Bread," eating matzo as opposed to leavened bread. This Passover season, Heights Chabad and Congregation B'nai Avraham will be holding Passover Seders.Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin of Heights Chabad will lead a Seder on Friday, April 6 and Rabbi Simcha Weinstein will lead the second Seder on Saturday, April 7 author of Up Up and Oy Vey. In the first Seder, the Haggadah will be interpreted based on Kabbalistic teaching from Rabbi Raskin's book Letters of Light. Dinner and Matzoh Shmura will be served at 8 p.m.
Prices for the Seders are as follow:
rn- $50 for one night
rn- $95 for both nights
rn- $30 for one night for seniors and students
rn- $15 for one night for children ages 5 to 12 years old
rn- children under 5 years of age are free
rn- Matzoh Shmura is priced at $20 per pound
RSVP at (718) 596- 4840 extension 18 or via email to Rabbi Raskin. The events will be held at Congregation B'nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights.