Seder in Tashkent

The Uzbekistan capital Tashkent recently played host to a grand celebration in honor of the holiday of Passover. The event, which brought together 100 individuals from various backgrounds, communities, and countries, was a testament to the spirit of unity and togetherness that defines this festive occasion.
Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew, is a significant Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Jewish from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is a time for reflection, gratitude, and celebration, as families and friends come together to retell the story of the Exodus and partake in traditional rituals and customs.
This Passover celebration, held at Praga Hotel, was a vibrant and colorful affair, with decorations adorning the venue and tables set with an array of symbolic dishes, including matzah, bitter herbs, and charoset. Guests were also treated to a feast of traditional Bukharian foods, such as «Bakhsh» (a green pilaf with herbs), «Kavov Rogan» (potatoes with meat), and fried fish. The atmosphere was filled with joy and laughter as attendees shared stories, songs, and blessings.

Tashkent Jewish Community Leader Arkadiy Isakharov gave a speech on the history and values of Passover.
«Congratulations on this great holiday,» began Arkadiy, who then shared a story about its significance in helping preserve and pass on the traditions and history of the Jewish people. «Passover is a time when people come together to celebrate the liberation from Egypt and praise G-d for His mercy and protection.»

Arkadiy’s speech inspired and enlightened everyone present at the festive gathering.
The topic of war was not raised. There was a separate prayer for peace in Israel and throughout the world.
Arkadiy also thanked the government of Uzbekistan for protecting the event. During the holiday, the synagogue was guarded by about 12 military personnel.
As the evening drew to a close, guests exchanged warm wishes and expressions of gratitude for the opportunity to come together and celebrate this special holiday. The event served as a reminder of the power of community and the importance of coming together to honor traditions and share in moments of joy and fellowship.

By Daniel Isakharov