The Malida Ceremony

The Malida ceremony of the Bene Israel, also called Eliyahu Hanavi, is a an important ritual in the lives of Bene. There is a resemblance with the Mincha offering from the temple.

The Mincha offering was meant for someone who could not afford to bring an animal sacrifice, so instead brought a Mincha (gift), to the temple. Rashi on Vayikra 2:1 comments:

“And a soul who offers [a mincha sacrifice to God]” – It does not say “a soul” with any of the free-will sacrifices except for the mincha. Who normally donates a mincha?  A poor person.  God says: “I will consider it in his case as if he has offered up his very soul.”

In other cultures, there is also a dish called the Malida, Itis a traditional South Asian sweet dish, made by initially creating a dough out of wheat flour, semolina, ghee and milk followed by the pounding of the dough to create a powdery and sweet mixture. This is usually flavored with nuts such as cashew, pistachios or almonds.

It is a traditional dish in many Muslim feasts and celebrations. It is typically distributed during functions such as an engagement or a wedding.

In Islam, the Qur'an describes Elijah as a great and righteous prophet of God, and one who powerfully preached against the worship of Ba'al.

Watch a Malida Ceremony in Israel

Malida Ingredients

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