How Passover is observed in the Holy Land
Sundown on April 3rd will mark the beginning of Passover, one of Judaism’s most sacred holidays.
The week-long festival, which ends at sundown on April 11, commemorates the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt and their exodus, led by Moses, thousands of years ago.
In modern day Israel, the days leading up to Passover are filled with traditions to purify the household for the festival; all cookware is aggressively cleaned to remove any traces of leaven, or “chametz,” and any remaining leavened food in the household is burned.
Take a look at these rituals in practice as Israeli Jews prepare for this year’s “pesach.”