Preparing for Passover
As many of you know, the Jewish holiday of Passover begins tomorrow night. As I’m typing this, I can barely believe it – it seems that Passover has crept on us without so much as a peep. Honestly, there was so much I wanted to tell you guys about Passover – I had plans to share stories of homemade charoset*, attempt to make a Passover cake, and even let you peep into my aunt’s kitchen, a place where many magical things happen, even on Passover.
But alas, time passes by a little too fast around here. I’ve barely gotten the chance to finish my own cleaning, let alone tell you about it all. However, I don’t think I could let a holiday like this one start without a little introduction, an acknowledgment, or even a little praise.
So here goes.
Despite the fact that Passover preparation can be a little bit stressful, when all is said and done, it is one of my favorite holidays.
Taking many different forms for many different people, the basic principle is to relive the days of our ancestors whom traveled through the desert to claim our heritage, who did not at the time have the resources to make bread. We remember those days not just by honoring them but putting ourselves in their shoes. This is why we cannot eat bread on Passover.
One way I look at Passover is sort of like a “spring cleaning.” When else are you forced to clean your house of every single bread crumb? When else are you required to focus on everything you eat, making sure it does not have any bread or bread products? It all just feels like a self cleansing process, guided by the idea of avoiding bread and bread crumbs.
So, in my family, we clean out our pantry, our refrigerator, our counterspace…and replace what we put away with new food, utensils and dishes that are kosher for passover. We have our own set of pots and pans and dishes and all we need in these 8 days of matzo fun.In the days leading up to Passover, I look forward to the food. The matzo brei (fried matzo with jelly) for breakfast sounds delicious, and I can’t wait to make matzo pizza. But having celebrated this holiday for 20 some odd years now, I know there will be a point when I’ll look back on this sentence and think I’m crazy.
But regardless of how much I enjoy the food, I enjoy the meaning behind the holiday and that’s all that matters. Hopefully I can share some decent Passover recipes with you next week!
To read a quick guide on how to prepare for passover, click here.