Photo: Shneur Fleischman
Chabad matzot in India warehouse
Photo: Shneur Fleischman
Save the matzah
Drunk driver carrying matzah, wine to Katmandu for Pesach crashes in Nepal; Chabad hires helicopter to save goods in time for seder night
A truck carrying a ton of matzah, several tons of food and 2,000 bottles of wine has overturned in India, two days before a scheduled public seder expected to be attended by more than 2,000 people.


At this hour, the Chabad House in Katmandu, Nepal is trying to organize a rescue effort for the food. Rabbi Hezki Lifshitz has hired a private cargo helicopter, and several Israeli backpackers, to carry the goods from the India-Nepal border.


“We are speaking about a military operation in every sense,” said Lifshitz.


Lifshitz said the helicopter rental cost thousands of dollars, but stressed that preparations for the seder continue unabated.


Each year, Chabad sends a ship of kosher for Pesach food from Israel to India two months before Pesach. From India, the goods are loaded onto trucks and brought overland to Katmandu.


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