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Here is something to learn about other traditions of Passover you may never heard about:                        

The Mimoona is a Sephardic-Moroccan Jewish event that got its name from the great Rabbi Maymon and takes place during the evening of the last day of Pesach.

The Mimoona celebrates the end of Pesach, purity, newness and prosperity, which corresponds with the spring that is coming upon us at this time of year.  We use symbols of purity with assorted white foods that are displayed on the table, newness with green and prosperity with all the colorful sweets.

The blessing of “ Tirbachu u’tisadu” in Jewish Moroccan Arabic (which means: “prosperity and luck”) is wished upon each of the guests, with a dab of flour on the head.

MimoonaIn Morocco, Jews lived in magnificent courtyards with neighbors all around.  The custom was to enter each of the homes in the courtyard, stay for a while, sing, dance, taste the treats, get the blessing with a tap on the head and move on to the next home.  The feeling resembles an “open house” atmosphere rather than of a party.

In modern Israel, the Mimoona is widely- celebrated by most Israelis with outdoor picnics during the day and “open house” visits in the evening.

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