Passover begins at sundown Wednesday

— Collier County Jewish organizations will begin commemorating Passover this week.

The Chabad of Naples, 850 Seagate Drive Unit D, will begin celebrating at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday with a service known as the Blessing of the Sun. The service consists of selections from Psalms and other biblical texts that center around blessings that thank God for renewing the works of creation.

The Blessing of the Sun occurs every 28 years when the sun returns to the exact position it was at the time of creation, states a news release from Rabbi Fishel Zaklos, the Chabad’s rabbi.

The Chabad will also host a Seder on Wednesday and Thursday, according to its Web site.

Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, will host its annual Seder on Thursday night. The congregational, formal Seder begins at 6 p.m. and will be presided over by the temple’s rabbis, said temple spokeswoman Susan Daugherty.

Passover, which this year begins at sundown Wednesday, celebrates the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt after 400 years of slavery and reminds everyone of those still enslaved worldwide. The seder is a ritual feast held on the first and the second nights of Passover and the last two nights of the eight-day holiday.

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