Haredim buning hametz 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
A Modi’in-based charity project is calling this year for people to donate their
hametz, or leavened products, to the many African migrants and asylum seekers
currently residing in Tel Aviv.
Jewish law prohibits the possession and
consumption of leavened food products over Passover. Such food is therefore
disposed of burned before the holiday commences, but the “Biur Hametz Project”
is urging people to take their leftover hametz to one of six collection points
throughout the country instead.
The food items will then be distributed
on Thursday night in Levinsky Park, Tel Aviv, where many of the African refugees
and migrants sleep.
The Biur Hametz Project is also working in
conjunction with the Ezer Modi’in charity, which is collecting non-perishable
hametz products that will be technically sold for the duration of Passover and
then distributed to Jewish needy after the festival.
“If we donate our
hametz in these two ways, we can fulfill what it says in the Haggada: “all who
are hungry, let them come and eat,” the project’s organizers said.