Jewish community begins week-long Passover celebration

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Monday begins the first night of the week-long Jewish observation of Passover, which began at sunset.

Passover celebrates the story of “the exodus,” in which the Israelites were freed from slavery and oppression in Egypt. During the holiday, believers refrain from eating ‘hametz,’ or all food products that contain leavened wheat and oats.

Monday night, the Chabad House of Buffalo prepared a large Passover Seder for more than 200 people.

Rabbi Moshe Gurary explained, “It’s a traditional ceremonial dinner where we recount the story of the exodus. We eat matza to remember how the Jewish people, when they left Egypt in haste, they didn’t have enough time to let the dough rise.”

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