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Spertus Closed for Passover
Spertus Closed for PassoverSunday, April 20, 2014 3:00 pm to Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Passover this year begins at sundown on Monday, April 14.
Please note: Spertus Institute will be closed for first days of Passover beginning at 3 pm on Monday, April 14, then closed all day Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16. We will be closed for the final days of Passover beginning at 3 pm on Sunday, April 20, then closed all day Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22.
What is Passover?
Here’s a quick explanation, as told by our Distinguished Service Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies Rabbi Dr. Byron L. Sherwin.
Pesah or Passover is celebrated in the spring (usually in April). It a festival of freedom that commemorates the liberation of the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage. On Passover, Jews hold a festive ritual meal at home called the Seder (or “order”). A major purpose of the Seder is pedagogical, to convey traditions about the historical experiences of the Jewish people from one generation to the next.
A special liturgy called the Hagaddah is recited. It tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt and offers praises to God for the miracles that enabled the liberation from slavery. Matzah and other foods are eaten on Passover as symbols of the transition from slavery to freedom. Outside of Israel, Passover is celebrated for eight days; however, in Israel and among Reform Jews outside of Israel, it is celebrated for seven days.