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Buying Israel’s Bread

I never really considered how Israel gets around the no bread thing for passover, turns out a Muslim hotel manager ends up buying it all from the Chief Rabbis (who have been given power of attorney by the people of Israel). Ownership is turned back over to the people of Israel after the holiday.

Tomorrow, Mr Hussein will put down a cash deposit of $4,800 (some 20,000 shekels or £3,245) for the $150m worth of leavened products he acquires from state companies, the prison service and the national stock of emergency supplies. The deposit will be returned at the end of the holiday, unless he decides to come up with the full value of the products. In that case he could, in theory, keep them all.

Good to know.

April 7, 2009