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Jews slaughter first Passover sheep in Jerusalem city



WWith priests blowing silver trumpets, a group of religious Jews slaughtered a sheep on Thursday in Jerusalem’s Old City to demonstrate the traditional paschal sacrifice, the first time such a reenactment has been held inside the city walls in 2,000 years. The event was organised by Temple Mount activists and supervised by police and the state veterinarian service.

Approximately 200 men, women and children attended the event, including MK Yehuda Glick. The sheep was butchered in the main square of the Jewish Quarter, next to the Hurva Synagogue. In accordance with the ancient rites, the blood was sprinkled on a model altar temporarily erected for the purpose.

The sheep was then flayed, roasted and eaten by the participants. Cohens, members of the priestly class, wearing specially made white garments, blew silver trumpets and sang psalms as the ritual was taking place.

They also recited the biblical priestly blessing. The group said it will conduct an actual sacrifice on Monday, the day before the Passover holiday, in order to fulfill a religious commandment requiring Jews to make an animal sacrifice for the festival

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