Mayor Manzo on significance of Passover

Courtesy of Harrison Township.

Dear Fellow Resident,

At Sundown on Monday, April 22 our friends and neighbors of the Jewish faith began their annual celebration of Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew. One of the most significant holidays of the Jewish people, Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

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At the heart of Passover lies the retelling of the Exodus story, where God sent Moses to demand that Egypt release the Jewish people from slavery. On the first or first two nights of Passover family, loved ones, and friends gather for a “Seder” meal. This ceremonial dinner includes the reading of the Exodus story and the partaking in traditional foods, some with symbolic meaning to remind participants of the harsh journey from slavery to redemption endured by their ancestors.

Passover also holds a connection to the arrival of spring. As the blooming of flowers and the planting of agriculture signifies the emergence of new life in nature. The Israelites found rebirth and renewal after their long winter of oppression.

I enjoy learning about the customs of others. It is a reminder that despite our differences, we are united by our shared love of family and friends and the traditions that bring them together, often centered around food. LOL

On behalf of Deputy Mayor Lawrence Moore, Committeewoman Michelle Powell, Committeemen Jeffrey Jacques and Kevin French, we extend our wishes of Chag Sameach (Happy Passover/Festival). And to all may this season be filled with love, togetherness and blessings for you and your loved ones.

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo,
Your mayor

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