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Tonight, Jews around the world will be celebrating the first night of Passover.
Here’s some music to help you enjoy your seder:
For our Gentile readers, here’s the Reader’s Digest version of Passover:
- Enslavement – Jacob and his children had arrived in Egypt to be close Joseph; he was second in command to King Pharaoh, and with his ingenuity had saved the people of Egypt. The Egyptians’ way of dealing with their “Jewish Problem” is to enslave the Jews. They are all forced into backbreaking labor, compelled to build cities of treasure houses for Pharaoh.
- Moses is Appointed a Leader – As Moses is shepherding his flock, he comes upon a burning bush, in which G-d appears to him and instructs him to go to Pharaoh and demand: “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me.”
- The 10 Plagues – Pharaoh still refuses to let the Jews go. Moses warns him that G-d will smite Egypt. Pharaoh remains impervious. G-d begins to send a series of plagues upon the Egyptians.
- Exodus – The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance and he literally begs the Children of Israel to leave his land. Following G-d’s command, they hastily depart; so hastily that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened.
- LOTS of food – Do we really have to explain this one?
Don’t know where to go? Go to the ONLY Chinese restaurant around that will allow you to celebrate Passover in the pesadich manner, Cho-Sen Island in Lawrence, NY, which is Glatt Kosher. There sister restaurant in Forest Hills, NY is Cho-Sen Garden.
Our review of Cho-Sen Island is posted here.