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We received yesterday, like the other residents in our district, a letter from the City of Antwerp that they’ll organise an extra garbage collection on Monday, April 18th.
This will be done on the occasion of Pesach which will start this year on Tuesday, April 19th.
This really is an extremely nice gesture of the city towards its Jewish residents.
The festival of Pesach takes 8 days in the diaspora and 7 days in Israel.
The following text is based on what I found on Wikipedia (this holiday is related to the Egyptians, the Egyptians invented the wheel, and like the saying goes, I don’t want to invent it a second time, hence I take the liberty to base my explanation on the text from Wikipedia without inventing the wheel again ;))
[...]It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, which is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.
In the narrative of the Exodus, the Torah tells that G-d helped the Children of Israel escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the slaughter of the first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, hence the term Pesach in Hebrew and “passover” (pass over) in English.
When Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread to rise. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called “The Festival of the Unleavened Bread”. Matzo (flat unleavened bread) is the primary symbol of the holiday.
The letter from the City of Antwerp ends with the message that for more information you could refer:
- with regard to the garbage collection → refer to the employees of the City of Antwerp
- with regard to the festival of Pesach → refer to the Jewish community (Machsike Hadass)
You can read the letter for yourself hereunder (or click here to get the file in PDF format if it is too hard for reading):
PS: Check this out if you want to see how the Exodus would’ve occured if Mozes would’ve had Google, Facebook, Skype, etc ;):
Update April 2012:
Also this year the City of Antwerp sent out a similar letter to the attention of its Jewish citizens: