Passover began Monday evening and will end at sundown Tuesday, April 18. According to Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport of Chabad at the Shore in Ventnor, it is a time for all Jews to recount the exodus of their ancestors from Egyptian slavery.
“It is a time to appreciate our freedoms and blessings we enjoy today, but also a time to remember that there are people who are still suffering in the world,” Rapoport said.
To share the story of the Jewish people escaping from Egypt with future generations, Chabad hosted matzah making for children and families April 9 at the Chai Center. Rapoport said the purpose of the matzah baking was to understand the significance of the holiday and the meaning behind matzah.
The Jewish forefathers were in such a hurry to leave Egypt, there was no time for the bread dough to rise so they ate matzah, which is unleavened bread.
“With only this food our ancestors relied on the almighty to provide sustenance for the entire Jewish nation – men, women and children. Each year, to remember this, we eat matzah on the first two nights, thereby fulfilling the Torah’s commandment. Matzah symbolizes faith. In contrast to leavened bread, matzah is not enriched with oil, honey or other substances. It consists only of flour and water and is not allowed to rise, recognizing our ‘nothingness’ when compared with the creator,” according to chabadac.com.
More than 100 people joined together Monday at the Chabad Chai Center in Ventnor for the first night of Passover Seder where the traditions of the holiday were shared.