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April 14, 1989 - Image 38

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LIFE IN ISRAEL

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Signs Of Pesach

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Zadika, a nursery school
assistant from Castel just out-
side Jerusalem, described
how her elderly father col-
lects pure water from the
spring at the nearby village of
Motza, kneads his own dough
and bakes the family's matzot
on a tin plate over an open
fire in his garden.
These Iraqi matzot are
large, round and flat, but soft
like pita.
Zadika's father also collects
his own bitter herbs for the
seder from the Jerusalem
hills, while her mother roasts
and pounds sesame seeds and
mixes them with "silan," a
date honey, for the sweet
charoset symbolizing the
mortar used by the Jewish
slaves in Egypt.
Different communities have
different traditions concern-
ing which foods they may eat
on Pesach.
Whereas Zadika's family
eats rice that her mother has
carefully cleaned three times
over, other communities shun
it.
Zadika's favorite seder dish
is "kubeh" — torpedo-shaped
fried shells made of ground
rice stuffed with minced
meat. During the rest of the
year, she makes kubeh of
burghul dough, which is for-
bidden on Pesach.
Shoshi, a Jerusalem
housewife from a Moroccan
family, eats no rice on Pesach,
but does use pulses, whereas
many Ashkenazis use neither
rice nor pulse vegetables
because of the European rab-
binical injunction against us-
ing any food that swells.
Most of those Ashkenazis
could not imagine a Pesach
without kneidlach — balls
made of finely ground matzah

meal and eggs boiled in
chicken soup.
Yet there are many ultra-
Orthodox families who use no
matzah meal and are even
careful not to let their matzot
get wet, for fear of creating
leaven from the water and
particles of unbaked dough in
the cracks of the matzah.
Yeshayahu's wife makes her
Pesach cakes for their seven

Some ultra-
Orthodox Jews
prefer to bake
their own matzot,
trusting only
themselves to
ensure the flat
loaves will be
perfectly kosher
for Pesach.

children out of potato flour
and uses no processed foods at
all on the festival.
And potatoes are the Pesach
staple in Mea Shearim, the
center of ultra-Orthodoxy in
Jerusalem.
Already a month before the
holiday, scores of little boys
with earlocks and black
stockings are to be seen
trundling barrows full of
potatoes through the
alleyways from the Bet
Yisrael market back to their
large families.
Well over 90 percent of
Israelis-, according to a Bar Il-
an University survey some
years ago, celebrate seder
night, and with all the
diverse customs and tradi-
tions, it is surely the date of
the most varied culinary in-
terest in the whole of the
Jewish calendar. ❑

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1989

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Jerusalem (JTA) — Hun-
dreds of thousands of Soviet
Jews are on the verge of being
allowed to emigrate, accor-
ding to Deputy Foreign
Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu.
Speaking at the closing ses-
sion of the Jewish National
Fund's fourth national
assembly, • Netanyahu said
that Moscow is about to
change its policy on
emigration.
The Jerusalem Post Friday
confirmed that the source of
Netanyahu's information is a
secret intelligence report
delivered to the Foreign
Ministry.
Netanyahu said the Soviet
decision to release so many
Jews is based on its desire to
change it's image. "It's going

to do so, not because of the
love of Zion, and it's not going
to let out Jews exclusively.
"It's going to let out Soviet
citizens basically under the
assumption of, why should it
carry the monkey on its back?
Why should it be accused of
being a prison?"
The deputy foreign minister
said that only two countries
in the world will open its
gates: "Germany, which will
accept all Germans and
repatriate them, and Israel.
Now that's a fact of life."
Netanyahu told the JNF
audience that it must do all
that it can to help absorb the
expected influx of Jews.
"We're going to have to
change our priorities." he
said. "Our effort so far has
been to open the gates. Our

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