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Preparing matzoh
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IN PICTURES: Jews in Israel and the world prepare for Passover
Religious Jews burn 'chametz,' Chabad Houses worldwide gear up ahead of Seder.

This Friday night Israel and Jews around the world will mark Passover – known as the holiday of liberty – by gathering around their dining tables to recite the story of Exodus.

 

 

Heavy traffic during the hours leading to the Seder – the traditional Passover dinner - has become as much of a tradition as the burning of chametz – or leavened products – which the bread-free holiday demands of religious Jews.

 

 

Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Toldat Aharon sect gather on the ancient natural spring at Walaje in the West Bank in order to collect the spring water as it comes out from the mountain for matzoh (Photo: EPA)
Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Toldat Aharon sect gather on the ancient natural spring at Walaje in the West Bank in order to collect the spring water as it comes out from the mountain for matzoh (Photo: EPA)

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy carries a bag of potatoes to be distributed to people in need during the preparations for Passover in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem (Photo: EPA)
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy carries a bag of potatoes to be distributed to people in need during the preparations for Passover in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem (Photo: EPA)

 

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened bread at Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem (Photo: EPA)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened bread at Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem (Photo: EPA)

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew throws leavened items onto a fire in Jerusalem during the final preparations before the start of Passover (Photo: AFP)
An Ultra-Orthodox Jew throws leavened items onto a fire in Jerusalem during the final preparations before the start of Passover (Photo: AFP)

 

Jewish communities outside of Israel also prepared for the important holiday. The easternmost location in which Chabad operates -- Queenstown, New Zealand -- will be the first to celebrate. The Chabad House expects 200 participants in its Seder, mostly Israelis, in this town popular with Israeli backpackers.

 

Seder preparations in Queenstown, New Zealand
Seder preparations in Queenstown, New Zealand

 

In Berlin, there will be more than one Chabad Seder. The largest will be at the Marriott Hotel in Potsdamer Platz, and will be attended by about 400 people. There are about 40,000 Jews living in the German capital, of which about 11,000 are haredi.


Rabbi prepares for Chabad Seder in Berlin
Rabbi prepares for Chabad Seder in Berlin

 

In Anchorage, Alaska the Seder will begin at 10:30 PM, as darkness will only fall around 10 PM. Chabad's Alaska campus expects about 100 people to attend the Seder.


Seder preparations in Anchorage, Alaska. Darkness will only fall towards 10 PM
Seder preparations in Anchorage, Alaska. Darkness will only fall towards 10 PM

 

There will not be a communal Seder at Toronto's Chabad House, but the center has been finding families to host other families. Around 85 families have already been matched, and the center expects the total to reach 150.


Chabad Housein Toronto, Canada
Chabad Housein Toronto, Canada

 

Shabbat will usher in the holiday at 6:24 pm in Jerusalem, 6:39 in Tel Aviv, 6:31 pm in Haifa and 6:45 pm in Be'er Sheva.

 


פרסום ראשון: 04.03.15, 16:44
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