Why You Should Care About Passover

Why You Should Care About Passover

Why You Should Care About Passover

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What is the oldest holiday that people still celebrate today? Christmas? Easter? Halloween? Good guesses, but all incorrect. Dennis Prager has another answer, one you probably haven’t considered. The more you know about this holiday, the more you realize its incomparable significance.

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If you look up “world’s oldest holiday”—a holiday that is still observed—you will probably get “New Year’s.”

But that doesn’t really count. New Year’s was not one holiday—different groups celebrated it in different ways, often with different calendars. And aside from marking the new year, it doesn’t commemorate anything—not an event or a person.

So what is the world’s oldest holiday?

The answer is Passover.

It has been celebrated continuously, in the same way, by the same group, and commemorates a single event.

Jews have been doing this for more than three thousand years. That alone is almost incredible.

But Passover is not only the world’s oldest holiday, It is also the world’s most important holiday. I’ll explain why in a moment.

First, a word about the story of Passover.

It celebrates the Jews’ Exodus from Egypt in approximately 1200 BC, or BCE, as many academics now refer to it.

The Israelites were slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years until, as described in the Hebrew Bible, the Egyptians suffered what are known as The Ten Plagues. Their Pharaoh—the Egyptian ruler—finally relented and allowed the Jews to leave. That is the story of the Exodus, the most widely known national event in Western history.

And why is the Exodus so important?

For the first time in history, the primary religious book of a civilization went on record as identifying its god with liberating slaves. The gods of every other nation either said nothing about slavery or endorsed it. But the God of the Exodus liberated an enslaved nation. And He not only liberated Jews. The Book of Exodus records that a “multitude” of peoples left Egypt with the Jews.

But didn’t that book, specifically the Book of Exodus, allow some forms of slavery? Yes, it did. But with the exception of captives in wartime, it did not allow slavery as we understand the term. Biblical slavery was what is known as indentured servitude, an institution that was so common throughout history that a large percentage of the Europeans who came to America in its early days came as indentured servants. This institution was not slavery. People who couldn’t pay off their debts worked their way out of debt—for a fixed length of time. In the Bible, that was six years.

One powerful proof that the Exodus meant that God did not approve of slavery is that the Exodus inspired enslaved people in different parts of the world to hope for freedom. For example, black Americans thoroughly identified with the Exodus and with the Israelites. The best-known black spiritual (or religious folk song) was “Go Down Moses” with its famous refrain, “Let My People Go,” the very words that Moses, the leader of the Israelites, repeatedly said to Pharaoh:

Go down, Moses,

Way down in Egypt’s Land.

Tell ol’ Pharaoh,

Let my people go.

The lyrics of the song refer to Harriet Tubman, the famous runaway slave who later helped fellow slaves escape to freedom. She became known as the “Black Moses,” and used “Go Down Moses” as a code to communicate with fleeing slaves.

The Exodus not only inspired slaves in America; it equally inspired free people in America. Two of America’s Founders, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, designed a great seal for the United States. And what did that seal depict? The Exodus.

Every year, for more than three thousand years, Jews have kept the memory of the Exodus alive by celebrating Passover. The first night of the holiday features the dinner known as the Passover Seder, the Hebrew word for “Order.” The Seder meal is conducted in a very specific order that ensures the story be told accurately and that anywhere a Jew goes in the world, he or she will be engaged in the same exact ritual.

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31 thoughts on “Why You Should Care About Passover

  1. Tim D

    Why you should be concerned about Prager u. It's a joke. A red Republican propaganda machine. You know who else are red Republicans? Stalinists.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  2. M A

    Masonic symbolism that hand gesture.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  3. Dave

    Well, the Passover was a forerunner to the ultimate and actual Sacrifice, which is Christ. As St. Paul tells the Church at Corinth, " For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed." Christ is our true Sabbath rest. He is the fulfillment of the Law.

    As St. John Chrysostom says:
    "Why did Christ keep the Pasch at that time? The old Pasch was a type of the Pasch to come, and the reality had to supplant the type. So Christ first showed the foreshadowing and then brought the reality to the banquet table. Once the reality has come, the type which foreshadowed it is henceforth lost in its own shadow and no longer fills the need. So do not keep pleading this excuse, but show me that Christ did command us to observe the old Pasch. I am showing you quite the opposite. I am showing you that Christ not only did not command us to keep the festival days but even freed us from the obligation to do so."

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  4. Titus Mazima

    This is good

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  5. George Farrell

    "You may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance." (Leviticus 25:44-46)

    Sounds like slavery to me. God allowed slavery. Pretty terrible.

    It’s hard to interpret this in any way other than that the Jewish people, after having been enslaved themselves, didn’t learn their lesson. They proceeded to take and keep slaves.

    And god made some children to be the slaves of these “chosen people”.

    I can’t worship, praise and thank a god of this kind. I’m not sure how anyone can.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  6. benny Salcedo

    Donald Trump is the new prophet of modern times or at least the new Nostrumpdamus

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  7. B Rumblin'13

    Not religious so yea thats a hard no. No story books for this guy.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  8. hollyh1969

    I am a Christian; my family and I keep the Passover. I am not quoting, but Jesus said that he did not change what came before him, or to that affect. If Jesus kept Passover, then all Christians should do as well.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  9. Richard Huff

    As a Christian Passover is also very important symbolically…represents Jesus's death to save us from our sin and slavery to worldliness…God will free us from sin cuz through Jesus's blood we are redeemed!

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  10. DicknJane Goulding

    Thank you Dennis – You are inspiring!!

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  11. Marcia Wood

    Passover is demonstrative that they were in fact chosen.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  12. Dennis

    Did he change the title?

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  13. Nicolas Vinas

    Sus

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  14. Happycamper

    Many christians don't realize that when they partake of the bread and wine on Easter they are actually partaking in the Passover Seder, that of which Jesus/Yeshua commanded his followers to do in remembrance of Him.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  15. Bless You

    SABETH!! 📆 “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” Genesis‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭ESV …‬‬ oldest holiday

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  16. Aubs 07

    Pesach is great! All of the holy days of YHWH are a blessing and point to Christ Yeshua!

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  17. Still Waters Farm

    Denise! I have to disagree! Shabbos is the world’s oldest holiday!

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  18. RealSlimShady34

    Ah yes the story of the exodus definitely a historical event that definitely happened. And the Bible definitely doesn't endorse slavery no no definitely not. Good job PragerU very good job gold stars all around.

    Lmao it's hard to believe that there are real humans that believe this garbage.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  19. Travis Andrews

    Thanks

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  20. milofarmer1

    I suppose freeing slaves is one application. But the whole reason it is called “Passover” is the angel of death passed over the homes with blood on the doorposts. The people were saved by blood. This is a direct analogy and type for Christians today saved by Jesus blood that was shed at Passover AD 30. That is the true meaning of Passover.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  21. athruzathruz

    Ummmm very interesting, however NOBODY CARES!!!!!

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  22. bigb3n011

    I don’t care about Passover. Conservative agnostic here. Passover, Easter, and Christmas for that matter are all religious pageantry.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  23. Mike Bourn

    Today’s indentured servitude is credited card debt,mortgage

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  24. Tuco Bakunin

    As a Jew I must say, this is beyond vile.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  25. nbh camp

    Imagine celebrating a cult with such tyrannical history one of the very few religions to have their own sect of assassins to kill people who didn't believe in their religion not far off from Nazis Putin etc what a sham so we fight tyranny to praise tyranny all because your version of tyranny comes with a false sense of peace even though your history clearly shows a lot of violence a lot of killing all in the name of a religion giving the people you killed no choice forcing the Christian belief on the masses this was not socially accepted it was forced on society two different things

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  26. nbh camp

    It's not Passover dude it's Halloween or xmiss seeing how these are just disguised pagan holidays these two holidays have existed for anywhere from 20 to 50,000 years Passover has not that wasn't even introduced until the Christian religion was created 🥴🥴 and that's why I will never drop a follow you're blinded by your own religious restrictions

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  27. E D

    Thanks for a great video about a great holiday, Prager U!

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  28. Overlord277

    BCE stands for Before Christ Existed.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  29. Geologist 30

    Good lesson! Unfortunately, most Jews do not accept the rest of God's word, mainly Jesus Christ being the fulfillment of the law and prophecies!

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  30. John English

    Great video – thanks. Where did the book club video go? I cannot find this month's.

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  31. Scot Page

    Wonderful video. I love watching the fireside chat each week as well. One thing omitted in this video was the actual passover and it's significance. Blood had to be applied to the door posts. When the death angel came to a house and saw the blood applied, the angel "passed over" that house and the firstborn in that house was spared. If there was no blood on the door posts, the firstborn in that house died. This demonstrates God's law: "without the shedding of blood, there is no remission if sin". This was a beautiful type designed by God to foreshadow Jesus' death on the cross and shedding his blood for sin. If a person trusts Christ as savior, he is applying the blood of Christ and is "passed from death unto life". Instead of the blood of a lamb applied to the door posts, the blood of Jesus is applied to the heart. In Exodus, the jews were freed from the slavery of Egypt; now, mankind can be freed from the bondage of sin by simply applying the blood of Christ. I also love how the death angel never opened the door and looked inside of the house to see how the people were behaving; he simply looked on the outside of the house to see if the blood was applied and all inside of the house were spared. There are so many beautiful pictures of salvation in the old testament- the passover is my favorite. "WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD, I WILL PASS OVER YOU".

    March 10, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply

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