Next Year in Jerusalem


During the festival of Pesach Jews all over the world celebrate the Exodus of the Jewish people out of Egyptian bondage with a night time ritual. As a result of the isolated position in which Jews have found themselves in the diaspora historically, this ritual, in which fundamental values such as exile, redemption and Jewish homeland are symbolically expressed, remained almost unchanged over the years. In fact, recently, its significance has increased as a result of the political circumstances in the Middle East. To understand Jewish feelings about this subject, it is important to realized that the same fundamental values are at stake here.

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Meijers, D., (1997) “Next Year in Jerusalem”, Ethnologia Europaea 27(1), p.59-66. doi:

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.



Daniel Meijers (University of Amsterdam)



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