Challah, Hallah, bread 311.
(photo credit: Ilan Nachum / Al Hashulchan Magazine)
Arab pita bakers from around the Sea of Galilee and the northern Mediterranean
coast will make every effort to avoid selling leavened bread (hametz) to Jews
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This follows a meeting on Sunday with Deputy Minister for
Development of the Negev and Galilee Ayoub Kara (Likud), during which he asked
the bakers to be sensitive to the religious feelings of Jews on their holiday of
redemption and freedom.
The sides also agreed that “if people’s
livelihoods depend on selling hametz, we’ll make sure they do so far away from
people who would be offended by its sale, and keep away from the Kinneret and
the beaches,” an announcement by Kara, himself a member of the Druse community,
Two weeks ago, media reports said senior Druse and Muslim religious
leaders had called on their flocks to refrain from publicly selling hametz to
Jews over Pessah, especially around Jerusalem’s Old City.
The imam of
Herzliya’s Sidna Ali Mosque, Sheikh Ra’ed Badir, was quoted as saying that
“nobody should harm another person’s religion,” and Sheikh Amin Kablan, the
second most senior Druse religious leader in Israel, said he would appeal to all
Druse to not bake bread and pita over the Jewish holiday.