by Roberta B. Turner

Passover 2023 begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 5 and ends the evening of Thursday, April 13. The first Passover seder is on the evening of Wednesday, April 5, and the second Passover seder takes place on the evening of Thursday, April 6.

Passover is a festival of freedom. It commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their transition from slavery to freedom. The main ritual of Passover is the seder, which occurs on the first two nights (in Israel just the first night) of the holiday — a festive meal that involves the re-telling of the Exodus through stories and song and the consumption of ritual foods, including matzah. or unleavened bread, the main food of Passover. You can purchase it in numerous stores, or you can make your own. But the holiday has many traditional, popular foods, from haroset (a mixture of fruit, nuts, wine, and cinnamon) to matzah ball soup.