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Mayor De Blasio Comments On Start Of Passover Holiday In New York City

By Joyce Vetere Milowski

Jewish members of Queens seen at Beth Gaviel Bukharian Congregation in Forest Hills burn their "chemetz" non-Passover food products not permitted to be eaten during the eight day long holiday.


Photos Dan Miller/DMD ImagesJewish members of Queens seen at Beth Gaviel Bukharian Congregation in Forest Hills burn their "chemetz" non-Passover food products not permitted to be eaten during the eight day long holiday. Photos Dan Miller/DMD ImagesMayor Di Blasio offers his message of peace to Jewish residents of New York City.
Mayor Di Blasio offers his message of peace to Jewish residents of New York City. On April 10, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio offered comments about the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover as thousands of Jewish families in Queens visited their synagogues to burn or sell their chemetz, symbolizing the cleansing of their homes from any food products not permitted to be eaten during this eight day holiday. Passover is highlighted by two sedars or family meals on the first two nights of the weeklong holiday at which the story o the Israelites flight from slavery from Egypt is retold year after year.

Mayor Di Blasio's message to Jewish resident of  New York City, “Tonight, New Yorkers will once again gather at the table to sing, eat, drink wine and fulfill the scriptural commandment to tell the story of a people’s liberation from slavery. Passover calls us to consider the meaning of freedom, the value of inviting the stranger into your home and the need to leave no one behind.

Like so many generations before us, let us all be inspired by this timeless story that has so much to say to our time and fight for justice, reach our hand out to those who need help and offer our neighbor kindness and hospitality. On behalf of my family and 8.5 million New Yorkers, I would like to wish a happy Passover to all who celebrate here and around the world. Chag Sameach.”

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