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Sunday, April 04, 2004

IDF battling against time :)

Maariv: The tight timing of this year's Passover is making IDF rabbis tense, as kashrut supervisors and soldiers are working double-time to make their units' kitchens kosher for the holiday. The Sabbath, which ended just last night, left them with only 24 hours to complete the task.

"We decided to launch the preparations as a special operation, and we deployed extra soldiers to the units in order to complete the mission by 9 a.m. tomorrow morning", said Lieutenant Colonel Rabbi Zvi Black, head of the religious services division of the IDF.

Some refreshing changes will be made to the traditional IDF Passover Seder menu this year. Ten tons of beef tongue are being prepared, as well as five types of fruit and three types of lettuce. Fresh garlic and mushrooms will replace the usual canned varieties.

Meanwhile, Israel's Chief Rabbis, Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger officially sold the country's chametz (leavened bread products) to Hussein Ismael Jabar, a resident of the Arab village of Abu Ghosh. Jabar, 39, has been purchasing Israel's chametz for the past decade. He presented this year's deposit of NIS 20,000 to the two chief rabbis and Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the end of the Passover week, both the chametz and the deposit will be returned.
From One Family Fund: As we celebrate our ancestors' freedom from slavery in Egypt - and the deliverance of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, we say to the survivors of terror:
"We stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the quest to secure the freedom to be a Jew in our homeland. We are committed to assisting you however we can."
May it be Your will, Hashem our Gd and Gd of our forefathers, that the injured are healed, and the mourners are comforted.

May He guard the children of Israel from all evil, and bring peace to our Land. As it is written, "He who makes peace in the heavens, may He bring peace to us and all of Israel." AMEN.

. . . and now, if I don't get off this computer, and into the kitchen, we won't be ready in time. Have a happy and kosher Pesach. Next year in Jerusalem! Amen!