This year, the eight days of Passover begin at sunset on the evening of April 22. This holiday commemorates a historical event, the Exodus, the freedom of the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt.
Before the holiday begins, houses are thoroughly cleaned, as with many New Year festivals. All traces of leaven (alcohol, bread, grain, cereal, cornstarch) are removed. A palm branch or feather is often used to brush the last crumbs out of the door, with the following words: “All leaven I have not seen or removed or that I don’t know about is hereby null and void and ownerless as the dust of the earth.” Continue reading