What’s Jewish photo? There’s not really any clear explanation, but it could be inspired by Judaism, Torah, Talmud, Jewish history, Jewish culture … could also be nature.
A few years ago a blog carnival called JPiX was started. You can learn more and see past issues of JPiX. Recently, we decided to have another issue, so I will be hosting one – if you want to participate, please send your posts by April 26 (form is at the bottom of the JPiX page). You have to have a blog – this is a blog carnival, not a Facebook sharing.
Pesach (or Passover) is coming next week, and for a month (since the day after Purim for me) we have been getting ridding of all our chametz – bread, crackers, pasta – all sorts of foods made out of wheat, barley, rye or spelt. In the process, people often do spring cleaning as well, throwing out, selling or giving way old stuff. On Friday we get rid of everything completely, and we eat no more chametz until Pesach is over. Friday morning there is a ritual called biur chametz, the burning of chametz. Here is a photo from last year:
Yuck, someone left in the plastic. That makes it a little less pleasant.
When I was young, we did biur chametz in our backyard. Now it is supervised by municipal officials, making sure everything goes smoothly. My brother once woke up with a rash on his face the first day of Pesach. My parents thought he had a sudden allergy. Turns out, he had probably burn some poison oak by mistake. And the rash got on his face. He got better, don’t worry.
After burning the chametz, we say a few lines: part of the prayer is to nullify any chametz we may still have in our possession.
One particular tradition is to save your lulav from Sukkot (which was half a year ago) and burn it with the chametz on Pesach. This is a photo of my son (on the left) doing just that:
Now because I totally missed posting anything at all about Purim (and I want to show Jewish photos for JPix), here is a photo of my daughter dressed as a spy:
And backwards to Chanukah, here is a Chanukah candle lighting scene:
If you are Jewish, what are you doing to get ready for Pesach? If not, have you ever seen biur chametz? Or people dressed in Purim costumes? Have a great spring – I’ll be sharing flower photos soon.