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Shabbat Chol HaMo-eid Pesach (March 30, 2013)
by Rabbi David M. Posner

PASSOVER IS NOT merely a commemoration of history. It is also a festival of nature. The month of Nisan is called in Hebrew “Chodesh HaAviv” — “The Month of Spring.” Thus it is written, “Observe the month of Aviv and keep the Passover unto the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 16:1) The term “aviv” designates the green ears of grain and thus refers to the beginning of the spring harvest. Passover, therefore, also was called “Chag HaAviv,” “the Festival of Spring.” Of course, as time passed, the agricultural theme of the festival became muted, and the historical aspect took precedence.

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