Happy Passover!

We wish all of our Jewish colleagues a Happy Passover – Chag Sameach! 

Starting this Friday evening and lasting for eight days, Jewish people all over the world will be celebrating Passover.

This festival is the celebration of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt as they moved from a life of slavery to one of freedom. On the first two nights of Passover, family and friends will gather round the table for a “seder” and will read the “haggadah”, a book that tells the story of the Jews’ slavery in Egypt and the miracles God performed to free them.

As part of the Passover meal, a number of symbolic foods are eaten including matza, an unleavened bread. This is because when the Jews fled Egypt, they were in such a hurry, there was no time to wait for the dough to rise. There is also an obligation to drink four glasses of wine! Find out why here. There are very strict food rules over Passover and everything eaten has to be deemed “kosher for Passover”. Grains like wheat, oats, spelt, barley, and rye are not allowed. Jewish people with roots in Eastern Europe also avoid legumes, beans, rice, corn, quinoa, and other grain-like foods.

Passover is a joyous holiday and we wish all our staff who are celebrating “Chag Sameach!” (that’s the Hebrew equivalent of “happy holidays.”)