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From Slavery to Freedom: The Passover Experience

What does Passover mean to you? In all likelihood, this most widely celebrated of all Jewish holidays, which begins on the 15th of Nissan, brings warm memories of family gatherings. The eight-day holiday (seven days in Israel) might also conjure up the smell of cleaning supplies, the crunching sound of matzah, and the stinging taste of marror. In the wealth of Passover’s sensations, it can be easy to forget what all of the traditions are really about – reliving the transition between slavery and freedom.

But what does that mean? How do Passover traditions help celebrants relive that transition? What does the exodus from slavery so long ago have to do with Jews today? And why would such a holiday turn into a family-centered celebration?

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The Matzah of Unity

To be recited during the Passover Seder when breaking the middle matzah.

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On Passover, Celebrate Diverse Backgrounds

Around the world, Sephardic Jews of Moroccan descent will commence the Mimouna festivities at the conclusion of Passover at sundown. The Mimouna (also written as Mimuna or Maimuna) is a celebration of liberty, community values, friendship, and is an extraordinary display of hospitality and warmth. In a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere, Jews open their doors and set festive tables for their friends and families—in a festival of joy that is full of distinctive foods and dress and a fascinating array of customs and symbols.

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Passover Haroset

Each Jewish holiday has its own traditions that resonate in our memory. From two communities, we offer a taste of haroset.

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Isn't it Better to Give And Receive?

Together We Can Change the World

Hadassah's doctors are
preparing Ariela for a bone marrow transplant using
her own stem cells
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Dani showed signs of
emotional and physical
neglect when he arrived
at Hadassah Neurim
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There were no books
in Makeda's home
because not one of her parents or five siblings
could read.
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Returning home from a
Young Judaea camp last
July they reported how
“awesome” it is to be Jewish
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