The Story of Passover

3,000 years ago the Jewish people were taken into slavery by the Pharaoh (King) of Egypt.

The Pharaoh forced the slaves to build huge palaces for him.

To rescue his people God spoke to a Jewish shepherd called Moses and sent him to the Pharaoh with the message "Let my people Go!"

Moses warned the Pharaoh that God would punish him and his people unless he let the slaves go free.

The Pharaoh refused and ten terrible plagues came upon Egypt:
 

Blood
Frogs
Lice
Flies
Cattle Disease
 
Boils
Hail
Locusts
Darkness
 
and finally,

     the death of the first born son in every Egyptian family.

Only after the final plague did the Pharaoh allow the Jews to go.

On that last night in Egypt, Moses told the Jews to hold a family meal together and be ready to leave at a moment's notice in case Pharao changed his mind.

Because they were in a hurry they did not have time to bake bread with yeast in it.

Moses told the families to eat lamb and to paint its blood on the doorposts of their houses.

This was a sign to the Angel of Death to pass over the Jewish houses and not kill their firstborn - and so the festival remembering this event is called Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew) today.
 
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