THE PASSOVER STORY
On WCLV April 24, 9:00 PM
Theodore Bikel and the Western Wind tell and sing the story of Passover.
The Passover Story is presented by Care at Home, a
program of Jewish Family Service Association.
The story of Passover, God's deliverance of the Jews from Egyptian oppression, has been a source of inspiration for poets, artists and composers through the centuries. In this program, the music is an eclectic compliation of songs and compositions from many sources, reflecting the diversity and universality of the Jewish experience. The program follows the order of the Seder, as prescribed in the Haggadah.
Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach (Passover) is the one most commonly observed, even by otherwise non-observant Jews. According to the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), more than 80% of Jews have attended a Pesach seder.
Pesach begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. It is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Shavu'ot and Sukkot). Agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel, but little attention is paid to this aspect of the holiday. The primary observances of Pesach are related to the Exodus from Egypt after generations of slavery. This story is told in Exodus, Ch. 1-15. Many of the Pesach observances are instituted in Chs. 12-15. For more information on Passover, click here