A Spotlight on Passover


Lauren Weber, Author

From Saturday, March 27 to Sunday, April 4 starts Passover, which is a “festival of freedom” that many Jewish people celebrate 

According the “Jewish Learning” website, Passover is about God’s provision for Moses as a leader to free the Jewish people, the Israelitesfrom slavery inflicted on them by the EgyptiansDuring this seven to eight celebration, Jewish people might change their diet, have a special plate, called the “seder that symbolizes different aspects of the story from Exodus, or even say some Jewish blessings. 

“We have the plate but never use it. We don’t say all the blessings like most Jewish families do, said Coale. Although the seder is one traditional way of celebrating Passovercelebrations can vary, as Spring Mills junior, Chloe Coale, and Spring Mills sophomore, Armani Marshall, explained.  “It more or less ends up being a ‘me party’ so to speak,” Marhsall said. His way of celebrating differs from traditional Jewish families because the people in his household, his father and brother, aren’t Jewish. 

“Passover dates back to the Book of Exodus, so around 13th century BCE,” Marhsall explained. It has been a part of Jewish culture from generation to generation for thousands of years. Both Marshall and Coale agree that non-Jewish people or people who don’t practice Judaism can stilpartake in it. “Non-Jews are always welcome at the Passover Seder,” this is the first day of Passover when guests can come,” Coale said. 

“I think it’s fine as long as non-Jews who do celebrate remember and understand that when it comes to Jewish holidays and traditions, that Jews are the center of the conversation and recognize that they themselves will never understand our turmoil the same way we’ve experienced it,” Marhsall said. He also related it to how he’s not a Christian but still celebrates Christmas. 

Armani Marshall

Marshall says he doesn’t really have a favorite part of Passover. He says it is a pretty tame Jewish holiday compared to Hanukkah or Purim. Coale agrees the holiday is important to Jewish culture and Marshall explains why Passover is important to him perfectly. 

“Passover is important because it serves as a reminder of how we as Jews have always stayed determined. We have faced persecution and war and have been kicked out of country after country,” Marshall said, “but we’ve still managed to hold onto our culture and who we are as people, and even though antisemitism is far from being done with, it is important to remember the hardships our ancestors went through in order to get us to where we are today.”