An important Jewish festival of remembrance and commemoration. Known as Peshach in Hebrew, Passover lasts for seven days in Israel and eight days in Jewish communities elsewhere. It is generally held during April according to the Western calendar. Passover commemorates the deliv- erance of the Hebrews from their bondage in Egypt during the period of Jewish history known as the Exodus. The first and final days of Passover are holy days marked by the eating of unleavened bread, or matzoh; the eating of leavened bread, risen with yeast, is forbidden on those days. The festival also includes a communal meal, the seder, featuring both matzoh and sanctified wine (as well as a lavish dinner). Seder ceremonies also involve songs, stories, and a ceremonial retelling of the Exodus in which children and adults play set roles. Among the purposes of this retelling is to remind Jews of their heritage and to encourage them to see themselves as having personally been freed from bondage.
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