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April 7, 2012 1:00 am

American Jews Make Passover Possible for the Poor

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Kosher for Passover food in the supermarket. Photo: wiki commons.

Chicago Tribune – Before sunrise last Sunday, members of Chicago’s Jewish community descended on a Niles warehouse and assembled around a conveyor belt. As thousands of cardboard crates rolled by, an assembly line of volunteers packed eggs, matzo, celery, candles and wine — sacred staples for Passover.

But the volunteers weren’t preparing to set their own Seder tables. They were helping thousands of Jewish households who can’t afford to set their own. It’s a centuries-old labor of love called Maot Chitim, Hebrew for the custom of gathering wheat to provide for the poor.

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