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Jewish women preparing Matzot at Beit Midrash "Beor Panich" for the eight-day Pesach holiday (Passover) in Gush Etzion on April 2, 2017. Passover commemorates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. Because of the haste the Jews left Egypt, the bread they had prepared for the journey did not have time to rise. To commemorate their ancestors' plight, religious Jews do not eat leavened food products throughout Passover. Gershon Elinson/Flash90

Israelis do Passover a little different, turning it into a holiday of national thanksgiving and the collective celebration of hard-won