What are some Ashkenazi Passover / Pesach Customs And Traditions ?

Note: Regarding all dates on this Ashkenazic Passover / Pesach Customs and Traditions web page, see the footnote near the bottom of this web page.

First off, what does Ashkenazic, Ashkenazi, and Ashkenazim mean? All these Hebrew words are derived from the Hebrew word "Ashkenaz" which was originally mentioned in the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible as the designation of a son of Gomer and a grandson of Japheth (Genesis 10:3), but in the Early to Middle Ages when Jews began to settle in the Rhineland area of Germany, the word "Ashkenaz" became identified with Germany and with German-controlled areas where Jews lived, and the Jews that had settled in the Rhineland area of Germany became known as "Ashkenazim" ("German-Jews" in Hebrew).

"Ashkenazim", "Ashkenazi Jews", or "Ashkenazic Jews" originally referred to German-Jews, with the word "Ashkenazi" denoting a German-Jewish person. An entire culture developed within the German-Jewish or Ashkenazi community, including prayer rites ("nusach", "nusah" or "nusakh" in Hebrew), legal concepts, mores, religious traditions, etc.

When Rhinelander Jews or Ashkenazi Jews began migrating to other parts of Germany and to other Central, Northwestern and Eastern European countries and to Jewish communities within those nations, they exerted a strong cultural and religious influence on the already established Jews living in those nations to the point where the definitions for "Ashkenazi", "Ashkenazic" and "Ashkenazim" were eventually extended to refer to all Jews who lived in or whose ancestors came from Central, Northwestern, and Eastern European countries who adopted the Ashkenazic cultural and religious traditions of the original Ashkenazim of Germany. So now that you know who Ashkenazim are, it's time to discover selected Ashkenazi Passover / Pesach customs and traditions practised by different Ashkenazi Jewish communities in different countries around the world.

Ashkenazic Passover / Pesach customs and traditions can vary from region to region, country to country, city to city, community to community, and family to family. Many Ashkenazic customs and traditions involved assimilating Passover rituals with the culinary, musical, and linguistic traditions of the surrounding peoples in the areas where Ashkenazim lived. The following is a selected list of Ashkenazic Passover customs and traditions:

Footnote regarding the dates on this Ashkenazic Passover / Pesach Customs and Traditions web page: all dates discussed on this website are based on the modern Gregorian calendar, however, these dates are but one secular scholarly deduction; there are many other secular scholarly deductions as well as traditional Jewish chronological dates in addition to modern Hebrew/Jewish calendar dates regarding the timeline of events in Jewish history. To see a table of some important events in Jewish history discussed on this website and their various dates deduced from traditional Jewish sources, the modern Hebrew/Jewish calendar, and secular historical timelines, check out our Jewish History Timeline web page.

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