A SPECIAL dinner has been organised by the Jewish Community of the Algarve to celebrate the first night of the eight-day Passover Festival on April 2.
At the celebration, to be held in Praia da Rocha, the youngest person present will ask four questions about the significance of the festival and one of the elders will then relate the story of Passover – the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt around 3,000 years ago.
The 10th plague
Moses was brought up by the daughter of the Pharaoh after she found him in a basket on the river Nile. When he was older, he was called on by God to free the slaves, but when the Pharaoh refused to let them go, God rained 10 plagues down on Egypt.
The 10th plague culminated in the slaying of all Egyptian male first-borns, whereupon such terror seized the Egyptians that they ordered the Hebrews to leave in the Exodus. The events are commemorated as Passover, referring to how the plague “passed over” the houses of the Israelites while smiting the Egyptians.
Special food, including Matzo, a Jewish bread made of plain flour and water, which is not allowed to ferment or rise before it is baked, will be served at the dinner.
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