Rabbi Eli Strasberg, of Media, summarizes the story of Passover, at the start of a model matzoh bakery at Chabad of the Lehigh Valley in South Whitehall Township on Sunday, April 1, 2012. Matzoh which is an unleavened bread, is eaten by Jews during the Passover Seder meal as well as the the 7 or 8 days of Passover. During Passover, eating bread and foods made with leavened grain¿is forbidden according to Jewish law. Passover, which begins at sundown Friday, April 6, commemorates the story of the Exodus, when the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. In the narrative of the Exodus, God helped the children of Israel escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before the Pharaoh (Egyptian ruler) released the Israelite slaves. When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called The Festival of Matzoh or unleavened bread.
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