The first night of Passover, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish faith, begins March 27. The celebrations start at sundown to commemorate the Israelites escape from Egyptian bondage. The week-long Jewish holiday ends on April 4.

The word Passover comes from when God “passed over” Israelites’ homes during the tenth plague and spared their firstborn sons from being killed. The first two nights of Passover are often marked with two traditional Seder meals – typically including six foods symbolizing the Exodus story. In Hebrew, the word for Passover is “Pesach.”

Here are some quotes and sayings, courtesy, to share on Passover.

1. “Then Moses said to the people, ‘Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast.’” -- Exodus 13:3

2. “Freedom is within our grasp, and Pesach reminds us that we need to reach.” -- Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

3. “This is true freedom: Our ability to shape reality. We have the power to initiate, create and change reality rather than only react and survive it. How can we all educate our children to true freedom? Teach them not to look at reality as defining their acts but to look at their acts as defining reality.” -- Yaacov Cohen

4. “Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. For what does it commemorate? It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is Israel's - nay, God's protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national.” -- Morris Joseph

5. "Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being." -- Morris Joseph

6. “Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync, like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics.” -- Marvin Olasky

7. “In Jewish history there are no coincidences.” -- Elie Wiesel

8. “Passover is one of my favorite times of the year. This is when the whole community and family gets together to remember who we are and why we are here.” -- Jennifer Wagner

9. "I do not want followers who are righteous, rather I want followers who are too busy doing good that they won’t have time to do bad." -- Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk

10. “Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves.” -- John 11:55

Passover Movies
Post-Seder, continue the Passover celebration by streaming some holiday-themed movies and TV episodes. A Passover Seder table is pictured in the Red Village of Guba on March 25, 2013.  Reza/Getty Images