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Ethiopian women in Gondar sift wheat in preparation for making matzah.

Ethiopians waiting to emigrate hold seder

JERUSALEM — Many of the at least 8,000 Ethiopians awaiting Israeli government approval to move to the Jewish state attended a Passover seder in Gondar or Addis Ababa...

American Airlines at O'Hare (Scott Olson/Getty)

What happens when your flight is canceled on erev Pesach

By Ben Sales and Josefin Dolsten The ancient Israelites had to cross the Red Sea. Four thousand years later, Jeannie R. Fisher had to get her family of five from New...

Pieter Heijs, owner of Hollandia Matzes.

In Holland, they love matzah all year long

PASSOVER EDITION 5778 SECTION C PAGE 10 ENSCHEDE, Netherlands — For most matzah bakeries, Passover is their lifeline and only claim to financial viability. After the...

Western Wall employees remove notes from between the stones of the wall before Passover, March 20. (Hillel Maeir/TPS)

Passover cleaning at the Western Wall

By Mara Vigevani If you wonder what happens to the hundreds of thousands of notes placed into the cracks of the Western Wall, here’s the answer: Twice a year, before...

Purim costumes at Brurya in Tel Aviv.

In Israel, Purim is a unifying force

Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of...

The sfinj hails from North Africa. (Wikimedia)

Sufganiyah or sfinj?

TEL AVIV — The sufganiyah is the plump, shining star of Chanukah in Israel. During the holiday season, the famed jelly doughnut poses in the windows of cafés and...

One of the menorahs at the Museum of Lights in Casale Monferrato.

It’s always Chanukah in this picturesque Italian town

CHANUKAH 5778 SECTION E PAGE 6 CASALE MONFERRATO, Italy — It’s always Chanukah in this picturesque town in northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Jews have lived in...

Clockwise, from upper left: Kubana, Hot Chocolate, Zimsterne, Red Snapper

How eight countries break the fast

NEW YORK — After American Jews file out of Yom Kippur services, many return home to a similar meal each year to break the fast: typically bagels, lox and assorted...

Pilgrims to Uman praying at the grave of Rebbe Nachman, Sept. 7, 2013. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Rosh Hashanah in Uman

UMAN, Ukraine — By selling coffee to Jewish tourists, 18-year-old Yuri Breskov can earn in a week more than his teachers from high school make annually in this...

Dror Yoggev blowing a shofar while Shimon Keinan watches at his Kol Shofar factory in Givat Yoav, Sept. 6, 2017.

Israeli factory sells 7,000 shofars a year

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5778SECTION D PAGE 5 GIVAT YOAV, Golan Heights — Shimon Keinan has a business to run. He doesn’t have time to teach you how to blow the shofar....