|"Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives, showing the throngs|
in the city at Passover time (1911)"
Today as well, Jews from all over the world and from all over Israel make their pilgrimages to the holy city.
|Cover of the "Temple Haggadah" |
Painting by the Temple Institute in
Jerusalem. Note the Paschal Lamb
on the low table.
|Yemenite Seder, eating the bitter herbs (1939)|
|Drinking wine in the Kiddush ceremony. Note the table is covered|
at that point, and all men are leaning to their left as prescribed.
The Library of Congress photographic collection includes the 100-year-old picture of the "throngs" visiting Jerusalem. The collection also contains a series of photographs of Yemenite residents of Jerusalem celebrating their Passover seder in 1939. Note their low table and compare it to the painting of a Seder during the time of the Temple, taken from the Passover Seder Haggadah of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem.
|Washing hands during the Seder|
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|Passover meal. Note the square matza|
The Yemenite community has a tradition of a soft matza, similar to Middle East pita or laffa bread, which they bake daily during Passover.
Discussing the local matza, an ancient traveler to Tza'ana in Yemen quoted his Yemenite host, "There is no requirement that the matzos be dry and stale because they were baked many days before Pesach. Every day we eat warm, fresh matza. "
Unfortunately for the 1939 Yemenite family, it appears that the only matza available to them was the square and stale machine-made matza.