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The Story of Dogs And Passover

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The holiday of Passover starts on Wednesday night.  Jewish homes all over the world are busy cleaning and scouring to remove all traces of leaven.

Observant Jews even change their dogs food to make sure that it contains no leaven. (Hint: Click here for the 2020 Definitive Kosher for Passover Dog Food List)

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Did you know dogs had a part in the Passover story?

The Bible says “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD puts a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” (Exodus 11:7)

When the angel of death passed over the Israelites and killed the first born, no dogs barked. In those days, people believed dogs barked at a sign of death.  So this was a great recognition of the power of the Lord.

The Egyptian god Anubis had the shape of a dog and they kept dogs in the Temple to Anubis.  By staying silent on the night of Passover, dogs redeemed themselves from being associated as a god.

Go figure, right?

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