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Egypt's ban on Jewish festival is a reflection of nation's attitudes
Egypt's ban on Jewish festival is a reflection of nation's attitudes

Not so long ago, this time of year would have brought the echo of songs and chants to the winding streets of this somnolent village in Egypt's Nile Delta — joyous celebrations honoring a 19th century Jewish sage. In its heyday, the festival drew thousands of Jewish pilgrims paying tribute at the tomb of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira, a revered Moroccan holy man who died in Egypt while on a pilgrimage to what is now Israel. Although the celebrations had been all but extinct for a few years, an Egyptian court in December formally outlawed the festival marking the rabbi's birth date, which this year would have fallen on Jan. 10, the 19th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet. The...

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