Passover links for 2014

Traditional arrangement of symbolic foods on a...

Traditional arrangement of symbolic foods on a Passover Seder Plate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Passover begins this evening with the first seder (also known as Jesus’s last supper). In the book of Exodus it states,

No leaven shall be eaten . . . For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread . . . and no leaven shall be seen of yours [in your possession].

In addition, there are a number of things that Jews observing Passover don’t eat.

 1. “Chametz”

Any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, or their derivatives, which has leavened (risen). Of this, Chabad.org says, “Our sages have determined that flour from any of these five grains that comes in contact with water or moisture will leaven, unless fully baked within eighteen minutes. As we are commanded by the Torah, if a food contains even a trace of chametz, we don’t eat it, we don’t derive benefit from it, and we make sure not to have any of it in our possession for all the days of Passover.”

-Matzoh is baked within the 18 minutes.

2. Kitniyot

Of this, Chabad says, “The medieval Jewish sages placed a ban on eating legumes (kitniyot) on Passover, because they are similar in texture to chametz—even bread can be made out of their flour—so people might assume that if, for example, cornbread can be eaten on Passover, wheat or rye bread can be eaten too. This prohibition includes rice, beans and corn. This injunction was unanimously accepted by Ashkenazic Jews. Many Sephardic Jews, however, continue to eat kitniyot on Passover.” If I recall correctly, at one point in history Sephardic Jews being persecuted had to choose between eating rice and beans or starving to death, and thus rice, beans and corn were declared okay to eat.

There an app for that

  • I’ve got Chabad’s Passover Assistant app for Android, also available for Apple products, Windows devices and Kindle.
  • iPhone/iPad users can read this list of apps.
  • A quick Google search for “Passover app Android” gave me Passover Karaoke ($1.11)
  • Rusty Brick designed the No Chametz Android App for searching, cleaning, destroying and selling chametz, but it’s too late for this year.

Recipe & article links

From Food & Wine magazine:

…Make one of these for your multi-faith Passover-Easter dinner.

Huffington Post:

The Jewish Daily Forward

From other sources:

Paleo recipes are generally safe for passover because they don’t have “chametz” or “kitniyot”. Except for the matzoh, it’s easy to eat gluten free too. (Gluten free matzoh equivalent and related products do exist and, if I recall correctly from reading ingredient lists, are made mostly from potato starch.)

I'm always surprised when Google Images gives me Jewish content from church websites

I’m always surprised when Google Images gives me Jewish content from church websites

Chag Samayach.

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