Eating matzos only on the second day of the holiday ?
A secret ceremony re-enacting the Splitting of The Red Sea ?
For centuries, the Marranos would be outwardly celebrating Easter, but in their homes they would observe Passover. Passover was an especially dangerous festival to observe. Any family which refrained from eating ordinary bread for 8 days would be betraying itself to the Inquisition. But Passover, the feast of Israel's deliverance from Egypt, was the constant symbol of their own hopes for salvation.
In a firsthand gripping account of a Passover spent amongst the crypto-Jews of Belmonte, Portugal , Ari Greenspan reveals how centuries of clandestine living created a culture of secrecy.
This year, Passover begins sundown April 6, 2012 – through April 14
As we sit down to our Seder this year, let’s understand the true blessings we enjoy in our lives.