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Passover on the Border

IDF soldiers celebrate Passover with matzah (Photo: facebook/IDF)

While many Jewish people around the world continue to celebrate Passover, some Jews are unable to spend this festive season with their families. JNS tells us how the brave men and women of the IDF were able to observe the Passover seder even as they protect Israel's southern border:

Even those soldiers who fought to protect Israel’s border with Gaza on the night of Passover last Friday were able to celebrate a kosher Passover Seder, according to an announcement by the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief Rabbinate.

On Friday, as many as 30,000 Gaza residents rioted along the Gaza border, attacking the fence, burning tires, and hurling stones and firebombs at IDF troops stationed there.

Gaza Division Rabbi Adiel Alexassi told Yediot Ahronot that large numbers of matzah and personal Seder kits were prepared in advance to dispense to soldiers protecting the Gaza border fence on Friday, the night of the Passover seder. Unlike in the United States, only one Seder is held in Israel...

In 2017, the IDF purchased 61.5 tons of matzah for its soldiers and personnel; a ton of horseradish; two tons of charoset (a mix of apples and nuts); 7.5 tons of matzah meal; four tons of potato flour; 2.7 tons of matzah-ball mix; 8.5 tons of fish; 52 tons of chicken, turkey, roast beef and grilled meats; 115,000 (unbreaded) schnitzel; two tons of artichokes; and 8.5 tons of kosher-for-Passover cakes and cookies...

Tags: Holidays , IDF

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