Matzah, the "bread of affliction," is eaten on Passover to remind us of the Jews' hasty escape out of Egypt. But some prohibitions revealed in this week's Torah portion seem to imply there's more to the story. MORE>
God tells Moses to describe the rituals for some of the offerings to the priests; the priests then undergo the process of ordination.
By Nancy Reuben
The Shabbat before Passover is referred to as Shabbat HaGadol, or The Great Shabbat, a term that originates in the Middle Ages. Though it's not clear exactly why Shabbat HaGadol was given this name, some see it as a reference to a verse at the end of the haftarah for this Shabbat, which has to do with a day in the future that will be "gadol" or awesome: "Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord." (3:23)
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