April 6, 2012
Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Passover holiday, in the city of Bnei Brak, central Israel. All leavened food, such as bread, is forbidden to Jews during the week-long holiday, which to commemorate the Israelites' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. Due to the haste with which the Jews left Egypt, the bread they had prepared for the journey did not have time to rise. To commemorate their ancestors' plight, the religious avoid eating leavened food products throughout Passover.