In Israel, Passover is not a last-minute affair. The planning starts before Purim.
In the weeks and months before the first night of Pesach, tons of shmura matzah are baked, yom tov food orders are placed, seder invitations are made and accepted, and hotel reservations are confirmed.
The work isn’t reserved for families, merchants and rabbis.
Cities make plans too.
Every year the municipality of Jerusalem, the capital city that attracts the country’s most holiday visitors, hosts a wide range of activities. Lectures and concerts, Haggadah exhibits, walking tours of the Old City and discount tours of archaeological sites.
This year the city will sponsor a light show during Passover. An Orthodox man, above, last week walked past an image, to be featured in the light show, which was projected on the Old City Walls.
Next week comes Purim.
Then the real planning for Passover gets under way.