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Hand-cutting wheat ahead of Shavuot

Jim Hollander / EPA

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men use a small sickle to cut wheat by hand in a field outside Sha'alvim in central Israel, on May 17. The wheat is then processed, all by hand-made Kosher means, to bake unleavened Matzah, to be eaten during the next high holiday of Passover, in April 2013. The wheat is harvested just before the holiday of Shavuot, which comes seven weeks after Passover, and marks when God gave the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.