Passover seder hand washing.
(photo credit: American Colony-Jerusalem-Photo Dept.)
The Library of Congress has recently digitalized a collection of over 10,000
photographs, taken by the "American Colony" in Jerusalem, a group of Christian
utopians who lived in Jerusalem between 1881 and the 1940s. The photographers
returned to the US, and bequeathed their massive collection to the Library of
Congress in 1978. The collection includes Winston Churchill's visit to
Jerusalem, Jewish expulsions from the Old City during Arab riots, and the
building of Tel Aviv.
Passover is one of the three pilgrimage
festivals mentioned in the Bible along with Sukkot and Shavuot.
Historians and rabbinic literature refer to hundreds of thousands of
pilgrims who filled the streets and alleyways of Jerusalem, bringing
sacrifices to the Temple.
Today as well, Jews from all over the world and from all over Israel make their pilgrimages to the holy city.
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