Jewish mothers used to go into a cleaning frenzie a week or so before the Festival of Passover. All traces of leaven (chametz) had to be removed from the home before the onset of the holiday. Modern folk have determined that dust is not chametz, so there is less madness involved in the cleaning process, but Israel has added a new dimension to the situation; Arabs must be removed as well as the leaven.
Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff
Following this report dealing with the latest round of racism you will find a post from the archives that I reblog every Passover eve…
Zoabi: Expelling Arabs from Jaffa a ‘declaration of war’

Hundreds of Arab Israelis took part in a post-Land Day march in Jaffa Saturday, under the banner “Jaffa is in danger.” 

The demonstrators protested what they called the “expropriation of land and expulsion of families from their homes.” 

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi  (Balad), who participated in the march, said: “What the State failed to achieve during the Nakba, it’s trying to achieve today in every corner of our homeland. 

“This policy of Arab deportation has been going on for 63 years and it is nothing less than a declaration of war against us,” she continued. 

“We didn’t take over anyone’s land, we didn’t steal land from any Jewish citizen and we didn’t invade anyone’s home. I’m not the settler here. I just want to live in my home on my land,” she said. 

Full report from Ynet can be seen HERE



My maternal grandmother was a simple Shtetel Jew. She came from a place not much different than the small town portrayed inFiddler on The Roof.
Traditionally the womenfolk from those areas were uneducated in matters of anything other than home making and child raising, while the menfolk studied their Holy Books for hours on end. Life was simple for them, and they themselves were basically a very simple folk.
I remember my grandmother going through the frenzie of cleaning the house this time of year…. the traditional Passover cleaning. All traces of leaven had to be removed from the home before the start of the Holiday. To her, that process included the removal of any trace of dust or smears on the window panes. The house sparkled when she was finished. Most of our non Jewish neighbours were going through the same process, but simply called it ’spring cleaning’, ridding the house of all unwanted matter, including broken furniture and junk.
I remember asking my grandmother why she was going through such a frenzie…. her answer was simple and to the point…. “If a Jew eats bread during Passover he will die!” That was what she was taught, that’s what she taught us….
In Israel today, things are not much different than life in the Shtetel when it comes to Passover preparations. But today there is a growing number of non observant Jews as well as a growing number of non Jews. This is a threat to the lifestyle of the self imposed Shtetel Jew living here today.
Christian Pilgrims from abroad, as well as local Christians are denied access to their Holy Sites. Where is the uproar against this?
Where is the uproar against the Neanderthal rabbis that have recently called for the expulsion or the genocide of the Palestinians? WHERE??? As in previous years, the Palestinians living on the ‘other side’ of the great wall of apartheid will be sealed in for the duration of the Holiday (8 days), literally making the State of Israel Arabrein for that period of time. Where is the uproar against this? WHERE???
Israel does need a cleansing… a good one; not only of bread during the Holiday season but also of hatred. Both are violations of the Holy Teachings.


  1. Big Fish said,

    April 1, 2012 at 22:22

    Such disturbed people.

  2. April 2, 2012 at 01:51


  3. Deborah said,

    April 2, 2012 at 17:52

    I wish you peace, good health, prosperity and happy times with loved ones this Passover.

    Your grandmother looks like she was a strong and proud woman and I often envy those who lived simpler lives than we do today.

    I wonder what people of her era would think of Israel and of the world in general today. One thing is certain and that is that they would be disappointed to see that humanity has failed when it comes to moving forwards to peaceful and more enlightened times.

  4. thesaifseye said,

    April 3, 2012 at 07:39

    I see, is really that cleaning has gone far? Wish you and mom a healthy and happy Passover. You can take a look at this passover message: from here. Just check it out! This is very unique!

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