Post Pesach Shabbat

April 17, 2015

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, April 17, 2015.

Post Pesach Shabbat

So now we’re down to the rush to restore our lives to the mundane non-Passover calendar. This Shabbat we’re back to saying the blessing over Challah rather than Matzah. In America, the immediate post Passover tradition seem to be that after the sun sets at the end of Passover, we crave PIZZA – is this your tradition? But here in Israel, because so many restaurants here serve a kind of Kosher for Passover pizza during the week of the holiday, pizza isn’t very special. The special most missed food seems to be burgers! Some of the burger joints had a kind of potato flour bun that wasn’t very tasty – so the burger joints were packed as soon as Passover was over!

Of course, probably more popular than burgers, is the traditional post Pesach pig out on pita bread and other forbidden fruits during Passover, especially for Ashkenazi Jews who don’t eat Kitniyot (see last week’s blog). Falafel is perfect for this. Falafel balls themselves are eaten by Sephardim on Pesach, but not Askenazim. So... a falafel sandwich is the perfect post Passover meal.

But... neither burgers nor falafel are the standard fare for a Shabbat Dinner. However, you can be sure that the Challah will be particularly tasty.


Shabbat Shalom!