Falling into line with the feasts of Pentecost and Tabernacles. Celebrations of the Passover are recorded at Mount Sinai and entering Canaan. The ultimate significance of the Passover, though, is not in its sociology or history, but in its unique role in the life of the Jewish people. It was, and continues to be the festival of freedom and redemption par excellence. Representative of God’s love and saving acts, it always gave the people hope in the face of physical and spiritual oppression. As a family celebration, it served as a unifying bond that was passed on from generation to generation. Its strength is seen in its emergence as the most important of Jewish festivals, and its continuing relevance to the needs of the people, whether it be freedom from social discrimination or the acquisition of religious liberty.
The secret of the impact of the Exodus is that it does not present itself as ancient history. Since the key way to remember the Exodus, is reenactment, the event offers itself as an ongoing experience in human history. As free people relive the Exodus, it turns memory into moral dynamic. The experience of slavery that breaks and crushes slaves does not destroy the free people. It evokes feelings of repulsion and determination to help others escape the