The celebration of Passover today encompasses many things. Although the requirements given in Torah are really quite simple, over time many different facets have been added to the celebration. It's important to understand that these added things are man-made and not requirements given in Torah.
The Scriptures that pertain to the observance of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are listed below (not including those pertaining to the sacrifices made in the Temple):
Note also in Exodus 12.1-2 the actual Biblical beginning of the new year — the God-ordained Rosh HaShanna (head of the year).
- The Ipuwer Papyrus
- This is a document written by an Egyptian named Ipuwer which appears to be an eyewitness account of the effects of the Exodus plagues from the perspective of an average Egyptian. This site provides excerpts from the papyrus, together with their parallels in the book of Exodus.
- Pesach - Aish HaTorah
- A very comprehensive Web site covering many the many different aspects of Passover.
- Passover (Educational Resource Center)
- A great resource for teaching children and young adults about the Passover
- The Passover Story (Video)
- This short video (6.25 minutes), is very powerful. It only has one word in all of it; the music says it all. [You can also view it below.]
- Passover Haggadahs
- This site has a selection of haggadahs (and they're free!). Download your own copy (PDF format) and give copies to your guests.
- 20 Things To Do With Matzah
- This music video will show you 20 different things you can do with all that leftover matzos. Great music too!
- Passover in a Union Camp
- Reminiscences of a Passover seder from the Civil War.
- A Hebrew lesson on the rootword: s-d-r (seder)
- A short tutorial showing how the root word seder is used within the Hebrew language.
- Passover with the Irgun
- A very interesting telling of the celebration of Passover by the Irgun in 1948, just before Israel became a state.
- A Pictorial Visit to a Hand Made Matza Factory
- This is a matza factory in Meah Shearim, located in Jerusalem. Learn how it's done the Haredi Jews.
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