Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto has distributed several food boxes to Jews in Morocco, and other countries. This was in honor of Pesach (Passover), a holiday that was celebrated by the Jewish community on Friday, 26 March.
Through his international association “Shuva Israel”, the rabbi has reserved thousands of boxes in Morocco and around the world. These boxes contain kosher meat, as well as essential food items, such as oil, sugar, wheat and red wine.
The Rabbi is accustomed to distributing food donations during all religious occasions celebrated by Jews, such as Rosh Hashana (New Year), and Pesach. He does this for the benefit of the poor and needy of the Jewish community, whether they are in Morocco or in other countries of the world, in order to make them happy.
The rabbi, president of the Hebrew Court in Casablanca, has previously distributed more than 10,000 dollars on a weekly basis, on Moroccan Jews in precarious situations during the confinement. This was done in cooperation with his students and followers of the Yeshiva (the religious school) that he founded in the Beth El synagogue in the economic capital of Morocco.
The Jews celebrated on Friday, 26 March the Pesach holiday, which they used to welcome in a special way before the Corona crisis. Indeed, Jewish families used to gather to celebrate it together, except that the prevention measures against the Coronavirus prevented them this year.
Jews in Morocco and around the world celebrate this sacred holiday, which commemorates their liberation from slavery by the Pharaoh and their Exodus from Egypt, with the help of the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him).
Celebrations of this religious holiday begin about a month before the date, a period during which Moroccan Jewish families clean their homes, change the furniture, paint the walls, go shopping and prepare special dishes.
The celebrations end with the Mimouna holiday, which is specific to Moroccan Jews. Muslim families used to bake cakes and pies for their Jewish friends and neighbors and take part in these celebrations. This is a habit that Moroccan Jews picked up even after they immigrated to Israel, and the Mimouna has thus become a quasi-official holiday in the Jewish state.