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When is Passover?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Passover is an eight day holiday which begins on the evening before the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, and concludes at nightfall on the 22nd. The first two days and the last two days are major holidays and the middle four days are Chol Hamoed. [In Israel, the holiday ends a day earlier, on the 21st of Nissan. The first and last day are major holidays, and the five days in between are Chol Hamoed.]


For the year 2013, Passover starts at sundown, Monday, March 25th, and ends at nightfall, Tuesday, April 2nd. [Click here for the exact times of sunset and nightfall for any location.]


Passover celebrates the Jewish Exodus from Egypt and our freedom to serve G-d. Click here to read more about "What is Passover?" , How is Passover celebrated? and "How do we celebrate the last day(s) of Passover?" .  


The following are the beginning dates for Passover for the next few years:


2014 -- sundown, April 14


2015 -- sundown, April 3


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Passover
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Nissan
The first month of the Jewish calendar. This month, which falls out in early spring, is known for the holiday of Passover which starts on the 15th of Nissan.
Chol Hamoed
(lit. "mundane [days] of the festival"), the intermediate days of the Festivals of Passover and Sukkot. On these days many of the holiday work restrictions are lifted.
Exodus
1. The miraculous departure of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage in 1312 BCE. 2. The second of the Five Books of Moses. This book describes the aforementioned Exodus, the giving of the Torah, and the erection of the Tabernacle.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.