April 2, 2007, - 3:15 pm

Happy Passover: Holiday Celebrates Freedom of Jewish People from Slavery

By Debbie Schlussel
To all of my Jewish friends and readers, I wish you a Happy Passover.
To all of my non-Jewish friends and readers, I will be out of blog-commission from Tonight until Wednesday Night, as I celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover. Though, if time permits, I will try to have a few things for my webmaster to post in my absence.
Thanks to the many of you who have sent me Passover good wishes and greetings.
As you may know, Passover is the celebration of the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery in Egypt. For the first two nights, beginning tonight, we have a special ceremonial dinner, called a “Seder,” which means “order.” We eat several foods to symbolize the bitterness and sadness of slavery and the joy of freedom from it.

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Passover Matzoh

The entire holiday is eight days. Throughout, we do not eat leavened bread and various other products containing ingredients that traditionally could be used for flour. For instance, no rice, corn, or certain beans and vegetables, nothing containing corn syrup, etc. Instead, we eat a flat, cracker-like bread called “matzoh,” which symbolizes the bread of oppression, as well as the fact that the Jews–escaping slavery and ultimately entering Israel (40 years later)–did not have time to have their bread raise, as they left for the desert with it on their backs. It is not a holiday for low-carbers.
The holiday is also nicknamed in Hebrew “Z’man Cherutaynu,” which means the “Time of Our Freedom.” It is especially auspicious that, as Islamists increase in their power and influence throughout the world–and wish to assert it on the rest of us (Jew and non-Jew alike)–we celebrate the freedom of the Jews (and Jesus’ ancestors, too) from those who preceded the Islamists in Egypt.
The Jews survived their enslavers in Egypt. And G-d-willing, we will all survive the Islamists worldwide, including on our American shores and far within them. If only we have the will. The Jews had the will. They wandered in the desert for 40 years.
Does America–do Westerners who do not want our world to become greater Islamia–have the will?
Will our descendants be able to celebrate a “Passover” of freedom from the slavery of Islam? We shall see. But right now, it doesn’t look good. There are far too many “Abdullahs” (the name means slave of Allah) coming to our shores and being born within them.
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Passover Seder Plate

There is so much more to the holiday, but that is the “Debbie’s Notes” version. It is a great educational experience for both kids AND adults. For more details read about it here, here, and here.

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11 Responses

Debbie –
Did you notice you got some love in today’s Vent over at Hotair.com?

Stealthkix on April 2, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Pesach kasher v’sameach! And may you have guests who will help you clean up!
chsw

chsw on April 2, 2007 at 4:17 pm

Debbie and all of her Jewish readers:
Happy Passover!

Thee_Bruno on April 2, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Happy Passover

the_don on April 2, 2007 at 6:14 pm

Happy Passover. One small issue with the “Debbie Notes.” The Jews did not wander in the desert for 40 years, they prepared for 40 years. The old, enslaved mentality died out, while new, young blood took hold. And in time, when they were ready, they went forth to the promised land. There is a history lesson there that we should not overlook. p.s. We do not have 40 years to learn it.

Happiness Pursuer on April 2, 2007 at 7:17 pm

Happy, Happy Passover to all who are celebrating. Good wisdom to all who celebrate life.

nyone on April 2, 2007 at 10:42 pm

A Happy Passover to you and your family, Debbie!

pdigaudio on April 3, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Happy Passover to Debbie and family!

CarpeDiem on April 3, 2007 at 11:53 pm

Perhaps one day the chains of liberalism will break and we will be free from the bondage of political correctness!

Jew Chick on April 4, 2007 at 9:33 pm

Happy Passover to you and your family Debbie.

1shot1kill on April 5, 2007 at 8:51 am

I used to have a job with a public utility that brought me into constant personal contact with customers in the field. I met and came to know many Jewish people during that time, and liked them immensely. I admired, and still do, the way they raised their kids and the way they honored tradition.
A Happy Passover to all our friends.

Barry in CO on April 7, 2007 at 8:06 am

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