FriApr 15

Passover – April 15, 2022

Holy Week takes on special significance this year with the appearance of both Passover and Easter.

The Jewish holiday commemorates the Biblical story of Exodus — where God freed the Israelites from Egypt. Passover, celebrated for eight days, begins with an evening Seder — a traditional dinner with very specific foods and wine. This meal includes readings from the “Haggadah,” which tells the holiday’s story. Themes include family, Jewish history, social justice, and freedom.

Passover aligns with the Hebrew calendar; thus, the date changes every year. It traditionally begins after sundown on the evening of the full moon (or the 14th day) of the month of Nisan, in 2022 it falls on April 15.

Read on for recipe ideas as well as the Seder’s traditional “4 Questions.”

Passover timeline

1200s BC

Historians believe the Israelites' monumental event took place over 3,000 years ago.

Jewish emigration to the U.S.

Between 1880 and the onset of immigration quotas in 1924, over 2 million Jews from Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Romania came to America.

New twist on old recipes

Passover went gourmet as the esteemed "Bon Appétit" magazine published "18 Recipes Everyone Will Actually Want to Eat on Passover."

Haggadah gets "graphic"

It's Super Passover! Former DC Comics editor Jordan B. “Gorf” Gorfinkel and Israeli artist Erez Zadok publish the first graphic novel version of the Passover.

How to Observe Passover

  1. Try making matzah

    While matzah (unleavened flatbread) can seem intimidating to make, it's actually quite easy. Just use special Passover flour, water, salt, and oil.

  2. Read up on Exodus

    The second book of the Old Testament tells how Moses led the Israelites out of slavery, following their journey through the wilderness to Mount Sinai.

  3. Clean your home before Passover begins

    This is in order to make your home kosher for the holiday. Make sure to get all of the hard-to-reach places that you don't normally clean!

The Passover Seder's 4 "Questions" (And Answers)

  1. Why dip our food twice?

    Dipping food is considered a luxury — as opposed to the poor (and enslaved) who eat "dry" and non-dipped foods.

  2. Why eat only matzah?

    Matzah commemorates the fact that the bread did not have enough time to rise when the Jews hastily left Egypt.

  3. Why eat "maror" (bitter herbs) instead of other vegetables?

    They remind us of the bitterness of slavery in Egypt.

  4. Why do we recline?

    We commemorate our freedom by reclining on cushions like royalty.

Why Passover is Important

  1. Children play a big role

    Jews retell the Passover story during the Seder. Children receive treats for asking questions and participating in the sacred traditions.

  2. Ancient foods

    Guests eat a variety of ancient foods during the Seder. This includes the z'roa, a lamb shank bone or roast chicken wing, and the haroset, a mixture of apples, cinnamon, honey, and sweet wine.

  3. Wine

    During the Seder, guests drink four glasses of red wine. While this wine can be sweet and syrupy, there are now many delicious, high-quality kosher options from which to choose.

Passover dates

2022April 15Friday
2023April 5Wednesday
2024April 22Monday
2025April 12Saturday

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