Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau and his wife Sara attend the Jewish Moroccan celebration of Mimouna, in Or Akiva in April 2015, Motzei Shabbat.

Israelis heading to Mimouna celebrations around the country may have had to fight the weather to get there but at least in one city many thought it was well worth the battle.

One of the “hottest” celebrations was held at the northern coastal town of Or Akiva, where Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah made their annual appearance.

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Speaking to the gathering, Netanyahu told party goers it is “time to unite the country.” Among the promises he made to celebrants were vows to lower housing prices and the cost of living. “We promised to do it, and this will be our first task,” he said, “after putting together a coalition.” Another essential priority, he added, was the need to ensure the nation’s security – another promise he vowed to keep.

In the Diaspora, the Sabbath was observed automatically as the “eighth day” of Passover, as the holiday is always observed outside the Land of Israel; but in Israel, only seven days of the holiday are observed. This year in Israel, however, the Sabbath was observed as a “de facto” eighth day, since Passover ended just as the start of the Sabbath began, at sunset on Friday — leaving no time for rabbis to buy back the chametz and allow for the return of kitchens to pre-Passover status.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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