Israeli Preparations for Passover and Ongoing Tensions

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Israeli Preparations for Passover

As Israelis geared up to observe Passover, a sense of solemnity loomed over the country due to the unresolved hostage situation in Gaza. Despite the somber mood, Israelis were determined to mark the holiday rather than celebrate it. With over 130 hostages still held captive, the festive spirit was subdued.

The Significance of the Seder Meal

Passover commences at sundown on Monday with the traditional Seder meal. This ritualistic gathering typically involves joyous celebrations where families and friends partake in blessings over symbolic foods. The Seder meal serves as a poignant reminder of the biblical narrative of the Israelites’ enslavement in Egypt and their subsequent liberation.

Ongoing Tensions in Israel

Israelis remain on edge following recent escalations with Iran, culminating in direct attacks on Israeli territory. The country is still mourning the devastating casualties resulting from the Hamas-led assault on southern Israel in October. The toll of the conflict continues to mount, with both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.

Despite the challenges, Israelis are resilient in their observance of traditions such as the Seder night. Irit Feingold, a pedagogic instructor, expressed her commitment to upholding the holiday rituals with her extended family, emphasizing the importance of preserving these customs for future generations.

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