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The Jewish community of Venice celebrates every year a Seder for all the members. The weeks before, volunteers of the community bake the Mazzot (unleavened bread) and the typical Pessach cookies called bisse according to traditional recipes in the old Pessach forno (bakery) like their ancestors did since the Ghetto was established in 1516.

For this occasion I took myself the artistic license and moved our community center on  the Canale Grande. The mazzot and the wine are brought in by boats.  If you look at the picture you can see on the right Elijah the prophet who traditionally takes part in every seder and for whom we always prepare a goblet of wine. Lapo our red tubby cat whom you can see in the background participates also in the event.


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Then Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu offer «strange fire» before G-d and are struck dead. The people and the priests see the glory of G-d and are silent. G-d speaks to Moses and Aaron, telling them that the people must learn to distinguish between the sacred and the profane, the pure and the impure, permitted and forbidden foods. G-d instructs Moses to warn the priests to abstain from strong drink. Aaron and his sons are required to remain at the entrance of the Tent of Appointed Meeting for seven days and nights. On the eighth day, Moses summons Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel.

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Nadav e Avihu, figli maggiori di Aaron, offrono al Signore un fuoco non autorizzato e vengono inceneriti. Il popolo e i sacerdoti osservano la gloria del Signore in silenzio. Il Signore parla con Moshé e Aaron: il popolo deve imparare a distinguere tra sacro e profano, il puro e l’impuro, cibi permessi e proibiti. I sacerdoti devono astenersi da bevande forti. Aaron e i suoi figli rimarranno all’entrata della Tenda per l’Appuntamento Convenuto per sette giorni e sette notti. L’ottavo giorno Moshé convoca Aaron e i suoi figli e gli anziani.

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We wish you a happy Passover, cordially Michal and Alon

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