April 24, 2019 / 19 Nisan 5779
Two girls eating matzah outside in Israel (Shutterstock).
You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread—eating unleavened bread for seven days as I have commanded you.
Exodus 23:15 (The Israel Bible™)

אֶת־חַג הַמַּצּוֹת תִּשְׁמֹר שִׁבְעַת יָמִים תֹּאכַל מַצּוֹת כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתִךָ
Hear the verse in Hebrew

et khag ha-ma-TZOT teesh-MOR sheev-AT ya-MEEM to-KHAL ma-TZOT ka-ah-SHER tzee-vee-TEE-kha

Feast of Unleavened Bread or Passover?

"You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread" says the Bible, so why do we refer to the holiday as "Passover"? Rabbi Tuly provides a Jewish teaching that explains the difference between the two names and gets to the very heart of what this special festival is all about. Unleavened Bread, or “Matzah” refers to the Jewish people’s devotion to God when they followed Him without sufficient provisions into the wilderness, whereas “Passover” refers to God’s loving concern for the People of Israel. Watch the full answer here.
Ask Rabbi Tuly:
Why do we call the holiday 'Passover'?

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