Friday, April 22, 2005

And the Lack of Bread Begins

Well, it's just about that time of the year when I say goodbye to everything grain for 8 days. No beer, no bread, nothing with even a crumb. Its rough for the girl who loves pasta. It's amazing that I don't weigh 3oolbs. Anyway, so I'm all about the pasta, but starting tomorrow evening, it's sayonara bread products. Passover is the spring holiday for Jewish families to come together in celebration and remembrance of our ancestors. It's important for us to take the time to drink, recline, and think about how the bread didn't have time to rise. For those of you who do not celebrate Passover, let me give you a little background on what the big fuss is over this thing called Matza. When the Jews had to escape from Egypt they had to rush their departure. Because they had to leave immediately they didn't have time to wait for the bread to rise so they grabbed the dough that had started to bake and took off. Because they didn't have time to wait for the bread to rise the bread cooked itself from the desert heat and it cook into a flat cracker-like food. So we have blessings that we say over the Matza during the Seder. (Seder is another word used to refer to Passover, aka the Passover Seder, the meal that we eat) So that's the short short version (just a little Spaceballs reference for Eric) in a few sentences or less. We have blessings over the Matza to thank god for at least giving us Matza to eat while trying to escape fro Egypt. We are also supposed to recline in our chairs and not sit upright. We're not supposed to be thinking about our posture, we're supposed to be thinking about out past. Another custom on Passover is that we leave the front door open for Elijah. Jews believe that Elijah is the Messiah and that he may stop in for a visit during Seder, and b/c of this, Jews leave out a full cup of wine for Elijah as well as what we call a Seder plate which has each of the foods that we eat throughout the meal placed on it. This way if Elijah stops by he has a plate of food to eat. Throughout the meal we drink four cups of wine, and we're pretty much drinking to thank God for letting our ancestors survive the terrible time in Jewish history. And of course there's more to it then that, but I'm just trying to give you an idea. There are a hundred other things I could tell you about Seder, but I'm sure you have more important things to be doing now like studying for law school finals or actually working while you're at work. Ask Theresa if you get a chance, she'll tell you all sorts of crazy stories about Passover and how Jewish people have some interesting holidays. She's super fun to bring to Seder.

And with Passover beginning tomorrow night at sundown, Alex and I are leaving in the morning for Cleveland. He's going to meet some friends of mine who have only heard stories. Going home is going to be such a blast. I can't wait to see some of the girls I haven't seen in a long time. Shout out to Jana and Jess since I haven't seen either of you in over a year and a half. Happy Passover everyone.


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