26.04.2011 22.Nisan, 5771 Shmini schel Pesach; Tag 7 des Omer
Moroccan Jewish leader Sam Ben-Sheetrit looks to lend his support to Jewish converts at this year's Mimouna celebration.
Sam Ben-Sheetrit is one of the people who turned the Mimouna Festival into a national holiday, without any mention of discrimination. He's chairman of the World Federation of Moroccan Jews, which chooses a "positive" subject for the Mimouna every year, such as "Every person is a world" and "Bridges."
This year, for the first time, the federation is coming out against injustices to converted Jews and people in the process of conversion to Judaism. This Mimouna (which began last night and is taking place today ) will be held as a protest and a way of supporting the converts, in the shadow of the political and halakhic controversy surrounding it….