Learning About the Passover From "A Hebrew Teacher"
The Christian Passover is said to be Nisan 14 = sunset April 17 to sunset April 18 in 2011, observed just after sunset on April 17 in 2011 the first day of Passover. In Hebrew, the first month of the year is – רֹאשׁ חֳדָשִׁים (rosh xodashim). When the Hebrews were trying to leave Egypt the Pharaoh ordered that all of the first born children were to die. This curse was put upon the Hebrews first born children. The Hebrews were warned to mark their door posts with lamb's blood to protect their first born children from Pharaoh's curse. The Hebrews obeyed and marked their doors and homes and their children did not die. However, the Pharaoh did not know about the protective blood and did not mark his door posts and Pharaohs first born son died by his own curse.In the Hebrew language the Passover has four different names. "ח (pesax, Passover) – When the Hebrews wanted to leave their slavery in Egypt, Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, did not allow it. Requests made by Moses were not answered by Pharaoh and therefore they were followed by God’s plagues. The tenth and final plague was the “death of the first born”. To protect the Hebrews from this plague, they were asked to mark their homes so that God recognizes their home and “pass-over” (פָּסַח) them. The first-born children of the Hebrews were saved and Pharaoh allowed the Hebrews to leave Egypt. חַג הַמַּצּוֹת (xag hamatsot, The Matzo Festival) –The Hebrews were about to leave Egypt, they were in such a haste, that they couldn’t allow the time for the bread to rise. Therefore, they took only flat bread with them. To remember the Exodus, the Torah commands to eat only unleavened bread (מַצָּה) during the week of Passover. חַג הַחֵרות (xag haxerut, The Freedom Festival) – The celebration of the freedom of the Hebrews from their slavery in Egypt. חַג הָאָבִיב (xag ha'aviv, The Spring Festival) – This holiday occurs during the spring time. As the Hebrews began new life when they were freed, nature is renewed during this time of the year."