*** In the Easter meals will be attended by over 50 thousand people in more than 180 cities across the country
Moscow. 7 APR. INTERFAX – celebrations dedicated to the feast of Passover, will begin on 10 April evening in the Moscow Jewish community center in Jewish communities throughout Russia.
On this day, the MJCC will host several Easter Siderov (meals), one of which will be lead by the chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar. They will participate in a total of several thousand people, the press service of the Federation of Jewish communities.
Only Easter sedarah organized by the FJC throughout the country, will take part more than 50 thousand people in more than 180 cities. To Passover has produced about 110 tons of matzah, which allowed for all communities in the country unleavened bread for the holiday.
In addition, the FJC has collected about 200 thousand rubles in donations which will ensure the poor Jews further two tons of matzah.
Passover – an eight-day spring festival – begins on the eve of the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish lunar calendar. It is dedicated to one of the major events of biblical history – the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and their release from 400 years of slavery.
Pesach (“pass by”) received its name in memory of how, according to the Pentateuch, the angel of death passed over the houses of the Jews, involving only the Egyptian firstborn. That the angel could distinguish a Jewish home from Egypt, every Jewish family was commanded to slaughter a lamb and his blood to anoint the doorpost. Only after the death of all Egyptian firstborn, the Pharaoh gave in and allowed the Jews to leave Egypt.
The plague of the firstborn – the last of the ten described in the Pentateuch of the disaster that befell the Egyptians for the refusal of Pharaoh to release the enslaved children of Israel.
Before the onset of Easter week in the house and all the other Jew-owned territories collect all leaven (chametz), and burn on the last morning before Passover. During the Passover week chametz is not used for food. The highlight of Passover is the evening meal – the Seder (“order”), which is arranged in the first and second night of the holiday. Seder participants recite prayers and sing Psalms. One of the prerequisites is an invitation to participate in the meal of the needy and those unable to celebrate the holiday with his family.