In an emotional letter, Maj. Yaros Shigot shares her unique experience as an IDF soldier who, for the first time, returned to her birthplace in Ethiopia where she read the Haggadah with the Jewish community on Passover night.
By Maj. Yaros Shigot
This is the story of a most exciting and unique Passover Seder for Ethiopian-born Maj. Yaros (Yerushalem) Shigot, who returned to Ethiopia this week for the first time since immigrating to Israel.The following moving letter, which was written to Yedioth Ahronoth by Shigot, who serves in the IDF’s Education Corps, contains the recordings of her journey, in which she shares her family history of their arduous journey to Israel, and explains why she shed tears while reading the Haggadah with the Jewish community in Addis Ababa. Continue Reading »
Mustafa Waziri, Director General of Luxor’s Antiquities, declared king Pharaoh was a foreigner, belonging to the Hyksos dynasty that invaded Egypt in the 15th century BCE, and not the “false thesis promoted by the Jews to stick false accusations on ancient Egyptians.”
By MAAYAN GROISMAN
In an unprecedented declaration that challenges the story told in the Passover Haggadah, a senior Egyptian archaeologist said that ancient king Pharaoh was not Egyptian, as claimed in the ancient Jewish text.
A worker shows to media a replica of a golden death mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. – Photo: REUTERS
In an interview with the Egyptian daily newspaper al-Youm al-Sabih, the director-general of Luxor’s Antiquities, Mustafa Waziri, surprisingly argued that king Pharaoh belonged to the foreign Hyksos dynasty that invaded Egypt in the 15th century BCE and ruled northern Egypt. Continue Reading »
As Passover holiday attracts masses of tourists to Jerusalem, Israel police reinforces Holy sites, and possibly thwarted catastrophe with Israel security services detaining 3 Palestinians after they said they intended to carry out an attack on Israelis.
By Yoav Zitun
Counterterrorism forces and the Shin Bet arrested three Palestinians in Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem Monday night. The three suspects, from Nablus, were taken in for questioning for having expressed their intention to carry out a terror attack on Israelis.
Temple Mount area – Photo AFP
None of the suspects had a background posing a security risk or any association with a terror organization. Continue Reading »
As some Palestinian leaders want normalization, and send holiday wishes, other Palestinians, that have sadly been breastfed & raised on the indoctrination of hatred from PA-TV, schools and social media, ardently opposed any ‘Holliday Blessings to Jews.’
By Israel Today Staff
A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the ruling Fatah faction (and therefore of the Palestinian Authority) extended Passover greetings to Israelis on Sunday, sparking a wave of angry reactions by Palestinians.
Mohammed al-Madani is head of the Palestinian Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, so it is his job to issue such statements.
But a growing number of Palestinians don’t want normalization and friendly relations with Israel, and so view al-Madani and his overtures as traitorous to the Palestinian cause. Continue Reading »
PA Religious Affairs Minister faces serious backlash after publicly expressing sorrow over terrorist murder of Jewish man on Passover Eve
By Israel Today Staff
A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) government official is facing a fierce public backlash after condemning last week’s terrorist murder of 47-year-old Baruch Mizrahi as he was driving to the Passover Seder with his family.
PA Endowments Minister Mahmoud El Habash told a reporter with Israel’s Army Radio that he was “pained” by the slaying of Mizrahi and the wounding of his pregnant wife and young son.
“We condemn the killing of all people irrespective of their background,” El Habash went on to say. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate says life-threatening practices like smoking have no place on any kosher list, and not just during Passover.
Observant Jews in Israel craving a smoke during the week-long Passover holiday that started at sundown Monday can now enjoy a rabbi-approved puff.
A man smoking a cigarette – Photo: Bloomberg
It’s the first time cigarettes have joined the long list of goods stringently checked to ensure they comply with Passover rules on what items are allowed, or kosher for the holiday – meaning they have not come in contact with grains or other forbidden ingredients. Continue Reading »
Jews from Morocco arrived in Madeira in 1819 and set themselves up in the cloth trade. A synagogue and cemeteries were built on the island but were abandoned decades ago.
Descendants of Jews forcibly converted to Catholicism centuries ago will attend the first seder in decades on the Portuguese island of Madeira off the coast of Africa.
Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago that lies in the north Atlantic Ocean
Thirteen Jews — some of them Bnei Anousim, the descendants of Portuguese Jews targeted for conversion during the Inquisition — will gather in Funchal, the capital of the archipelago, on Passover eve, according to Shavei Israel, an organization devoted to bringing so-called lost Jews back to Judaism. Continue Reading »