The origins of Pesach (Passover) lie in the Springtime celebrations of the first grain harvest. The holiday celebrates God’s great redemptive act of the Jews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt to freedom. According to Jewish law, it is forbidden to eat or even possess any food that can contain leaven, chamtez, on Passover. Therefore, a major part of the preparations for Pesach consists of removing all traces of leavened foods from the home. Many begin to clean for Passover and stock their kitchens with special kosher-for-Passover foods weeks before the holiday.
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