Hezekiah's Passover

The festival served as a repudiation of idolatry.

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Just as when the first Passover when they left Egypt did not eliminate the Israelites' lust for idolatry in subsequent years, the Passover that was celebrated during Hezekiah's rule did not eliminate idol worship, nor did Josiah's. Even so, the Passover celebrations profoundly impacted the Jews in their time and strengthened their commitment to their heritage, as had been the effect of the first Passover.

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Larry Domnitch

Larry Domnitch is a freelance writer and Jewish educator. He has a master's degree in Jewish history from Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School.