What Is Passover?
The eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, March 27 – April 4, 2021. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.
As told in the Bible, after many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, G‑d saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed G‑d’s command. G‑d then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.
At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), G‑d visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, G‑d spared the children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry, in fact, that the bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as G‑d’s chosen people.
Wine For Passover
Carmel Winery has amazing wines to celebrate passover.
In 1896 a company was established to export Carmel wines throughout the world. The winery’s first target was the city of Warsaw in Poland, where a subsidiary company was established under the name of Carmel.
The new company’s success led to the opening of new branches, initially in Odessa, Hamburg and New York. These were soon followed by other branches located in Berlin, Vienna, and London.
Simultaneously the Carmel Winery began to export wines throughout the Ottoman Empire; This subsidiary was given the title “Carmel Oriental”. In 2004 Carmel Mizrahi reverted to the Carmel Winery.
During their operational years, Carmel Oriental traded from branches in Jaffa, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beirut, Damascus, Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said as well as a number of other locations.
In 1906, the Wine Growers Association and the winery’s management was under the supervision of the association, which was adjacent to the settlements that growing grapes for the wine.
The outbreak of World War One signaled a difficult time for the Jewish settlement and for the wineries. The international wine market fell into a period of disarray meaning that the Near East became a more important market for wine, with Carmel Mizrachi becoming a dominant force in the market.
In 1957 James Rothschild, son of the ” Benevolent Provider”, passed ownership of the winery to the Winegrowers Association. The Carmel winery grew, and its wines continued to accompany all the important events in the State of Israel.
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