14 April 2014, 10:08
About 170 tonnes of matzah made for Passover in Russia
Moscow, April 14, Interfax - About 170 tonnes of matzah has been made for Passover in Russia, enough to enable all of the country's Jewish communities to celebrate Passover, which starts on Monday evening, Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) said.
Several thousand people will take part in several simultaneous Seder feasts at the Moscow Jewish Community Center on Monday evening. One of them will be led by Russia's chief Chabad Lubavitch rabbi, Berel Lazar, the FJCR press service told Interfax-Religion.
FJCR-organized Seders to be held in more than 180 cities nationwide are expected to bring together more than 50,000 people.
This year FJCR is organizing Seders in Crimea as well. Rabbis have set off for the peninsula, taking matzah and Passover wine with them.
In a Passover address, Lazar urged Jews to seek true freedom, "jump above your head, rise higher than your normal potential enables you to."
FJCR President Alexander Boroda argued that Passover is largely about Jewish identity.
"Throughout our history, there have been constant threats to the existence of the Jews, and it is due to unbelievable help from above and to people who were capable of acutely feeling their Jewish identity that we have survived as a people and have proved capable of surmounting all those major challenges," he said.