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Pesach (Passover) begins on the night of the fifteenth day of the month of Nissan and lasts for eight days. This holiday commemorates the departure of the nation of Israel from Egypt. Pesach marks the birth of the Jewish people as a nation led by Moshe (Moses) over 3000 years ago. This is a as much a celebration of our spiritual freedom as the physical liberation from slavery. The highlight of Pesach is the observance of the Seder, a unique ceremony performed on the first two evenings of Passover. At the Seder, we eat different special foods, we tell the story of our departure from Egypt, we sing songs and praises, and say special prayers.

This year 5773 (2012-2013) Pesach begins at sundown on March 25, and ends at nightfall on April 2, 2013.

View the Jewish calendar for this year: 5777

The second night of Pesach coincides with the beginning of Sefira (Counting the Omer). Don't forget to subscribe to the Sefira Counting Reminder mailing list! - Learn about the Counting of the Omer



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