1-Minute Lessons about the Festival of Passover

These lessons are shared with permission from the lecturer, Rabbi Nachman Simon.


Shabbat HaGadol – the Great Sabbath: In the Jewish calendar, Shabbat HaGadol is always marked on the Jewish Sabbath that precedes the festival of Passover. The commemorated events happened on the last day of the week that preceded the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. It began when the Israelites set aside sheep on that day for the sacrifice they were instructed to perform four days later. Although it happened on the 10th of Nissan, it is always marked on that Seventh Day. (Note: the 10th of Nissan is also the anniversary of the passing of Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron.)


Connection of Passover to the Final Redemption: The reading from the Prophets for the 8th Day of Passover is Isaiah 10:32 – 12:6 (including Isaiah ch. 11). It speaks about Moshiach and the Messianic Era.