Passover - Festival of Unleavened bread

Passover (Pesach) - Jewish heritage Tour at Neot Kedumim

Festival of Unleavened Bread and the Festival of Spring

Passover is one of the three pilgrim festivals which is directly related to the agricultural cycle and the land of Israel. It is also the time of year that the children of Israel crossed into the land and saw the "land flowing with milk and honey" with their own eyes.

Passover as a historical festival

Perhaps the best known of the Jewish festivals, Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt – the transformation of the Children of Israel from an extended family to a nation, and the transition of that nation from slaves under the Egyptian Pharaoh to a free people serving One God.

Passover as an agricultural Festival

The Torah commands us in several places to observe Passover, most notably:

“Observe the month of Aviv, and keep the Passover … for in the month of Aviv the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night.” (Deuteronomy 16:1)

While there is no month called Aviv, Exodus Chapter 12 refers to the month of Aviv as the first month of the year, which is the lunar month of Nissan.

In modern Hebrew, aviv means the season of spring. But in the Torah aviv refers to the particular stage of growth in grain at the beginning of its ripening process, when the stalks have hardened. First the barley and then the wheat ripen during this period.

By linking the historical event of the Exodus from Egypt with the agricultural month of Aviv, the Torah binds the lunar calendar of historical events with the agricultural realities of the Land that occur according to the solar calendar, thus perpetually binding the Oneness of the Creator who controls history and nature.

Passover at Neot Kedumim Biblical Nature Reserve

The Festival of Spring comes to life at our Biblical Nature Reserve. See the ripening barley up close as it waves in the cool breeze.  Enjoy the spring flowers in their full bloom. Understand why the hyssop was chosen to paint the blood on the doorposts of the Israelites homes.

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