We celebrate Passover as a commemoration of our liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt and our freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
It commemorates the story of the Exodus, where we were freed from slavery in Egypt.
- Passover is a spring festival which during the existence of the Temple was connected to the offering of the "first-fruits of the barley", barley being the first grain to ripen and to be harvested in the holy land.
- Passover commences on the 15th of the Jewish month of Nisan and lasts for seven days.
- In Judaism, a day commences at dusk, around sunset, and lasts until the following day, after sunset, when dark.
- The rituals unique to the Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder meal.
- For the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason Passover was called the feast of unleavened bread in the Torah (Old Testament) - Thus matzot (flat unleavened bread) is eaten during Passover and it is a tradition of the holiday.
In the narrative of the Exodus, the Jews escaped from their slavery in Egypt by God inflicting ten plagues upon the ancient Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian firstborn male.
Freedom, in general, means the right to do as one pleases. To think, believe, speak, worship (or not), gather, etc. In general is to act as we choose, but only until our choices start to infringe on another person’s freedom.
Freedom is having the ability to act or change without constraint. A thing is "free" if it can change its state easily and is not constrained in its present state. In philosophy and religion, it is associated with having free will and being without undue or unjust constraints, or enslavement, and is an idea closely related to the concept of liberty.
A person has the freedom to do things that will not, in theory, or in practice, be prevented by other forces. Sometimes, we do things for others but at the end we find ourselves doing only for them, what they ask, what they want, and forget to think about ourselves, what is good for us.
So don't forget yourself, you are important, you do matter.
Do things for yourself, also what does good for you.
Do you feel free? how do you preserve your freedom?