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Photo Essay: Passover Preparations in Israel


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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish harvesting wheat with hand sickles in a field of Moshav Komemiut near the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat. The wheat will be stored for almost a year before being used to grind flour in order to make the Matzah Shemurah (unleavened bread) for the week-long Passover festival next year. Photo by Flash90

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dressed up with traditional holiday clothes making matzah by hand, a traditional unleavened bread eaten during the Jewish holiday of Passover, just few hours before the "Seder" starts. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday. The week-long festival commemorates the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from Egypt. Photo by Flash90

 

Israeli soldiers prepare food packages at a distribution center for needy in Lud on April 03, 2012, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Photo by Flash90

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) (R),and Head of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky stand with newly arrived Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia as they attend a rehersal of a Passover holiday dinner (known as a "seder"), organized by the Jewish Agency and IFCJ at an immigrant's centre in Mevasseret Zion, near Jerusalem April 02, 2012. Photo by Flash90

Western Wall workers remove thousands of handwritten notes placed between the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site in the Old City of Jerusalem. The operation is carried out twice each year: before the Passover festival and at the Jewish New Year in the fall. Photo by Flash90

Arab dry cleaners prepare Jewish prayer shawls for the holiday in Jerusalem. Photo by Yishai Fleisher

Rabbi Avi Elbaz dunks a new Pesach Seder plate in the ritual bath, preparing for use on the holiday. French Hill, Jerusalem. Photo by Yishai Fleisher

Yishai Fleisher shows off a Matzah after manning the oven of a Matzah bakery in Beit El, Israel.

About the Author: Yishai Fleisher is the Contributing Editor and PR manager at the JewishPress.com, and Israel's only English language broadcast radio show host (Galey Yisrael 106.5FM). Yishai is an Israeli Paratrooper, a graduate of Cardozo Law School, and the founder of Kumah ("Arise" in Hebrew), an NGO dedicated to promoting Zionism and strengthening Israel's national character. Yishai is married to Malkah, they have two children, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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