Back to Bread: Israelis celebrate Mimouna

Passover holiday comes to end with Israelis attending traditional Moroccan-Jewish festivals; millions tour country during holiday.

April 2, 2013 08:47
1 minute read.
PM Netanyahu and wife Sara take part in Mimouna celebration in Or Akiva, April 1, 2013

Netanyahu at Mimouna. (photo credit: Avishag Shar Yashuv)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara attended a Mimouna celebration in Or Akiva on Monday night, marking the end of Passover.

"The People of Israel should earn and succeed," Netanyahu said, making the traditional blessing for the Moroccan-Jewish festival.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

"We are moving from matza and maror to mufletta and honey. Thank you to the police and security branches who protected those who toured during the holiday."

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni was also among the politicians celebrating at Mimounas across the country.

Livni took to her Facebook page to express her joy in the tradition.\

“It’s a custom of happiness and sweetness, not another day of matzot or fasting,” Livni wrote on her Facebook wall, adding that celebrating the traditionally Moroccan festival had become a "political necessity."

“Finally, an end to matzot,” she wrote.

Israelis headed back to work on Tuesday morning after more than two million people visited Jewish National Fund forests and sites and some 1.2 million people visited the country's natural parks and nature reserves during the Passover holiday.

This year saw the largest number of visitors to KKL-JNF's forests and national parks, KKL-JNS chairman Efi Stenzler said. Visitors were allowed free entrance to the sites for all days of the holiday.

A 10-15 percent raise in the number of visitors was noted this year, as it was in the previous year.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night