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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Prepare For Passover Festival

JERUSALEM – APRIL 9: Ultra-Orthodox Jews sort freshly-baked matza (unleavened bread) April 9, 2006 in the Mea Shearim religious neighborhood of Jerusalem. Observant Jews throughout the world eat matza and other unleavened products during the eight-day Pesach holiday (Passover), which begins on April 12, to commemorate the biblical Hebrews’ hasty exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. According to the Bible, the Israelites did not have time to allow their bread to rise before fleeing the wrath of Pharaoh, and to this day, matza is prepared and baked in just a few minutes to prevent the dough from rising. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)