Kosher for Passover?

matzah is food.

For Jews, Passover is a special time of year. It commemorates the Israelites' departure from Egypt and the start of the odyssey to modern-day Israel. 

But while leaving Egypt, something happened that would affect the holiday for millennia: a time crunch. If you don’t know the story, the Israelites didn’t have enough time to cook bread fully for their journey, creating a cracker-like food called Matzah. This lead to the custom that Jews cannot eat leavened food over the holiday, such as bread, or foods that contain ingredients that could leaven.

Coming from someone who's observed the holiday for 18 years of their life, I can assure you this is definitely not the greatest thing to go through. Firstly, Matzah tastes like cardboard with 20% flavor. Secondly, as a fan of cooking, it can get limited. Yes, you can still make incredible chicken and brisket (shoutout to Mom), but you can’t bread anything. So is it even worth it? 

(It is, I’m just being obnoxious)

Regardless of my petty complaining, the idea of keeping Kosher for Passover is still important. It reminds us of the struggle the Israelites had to endure while leaving Egypt, and that all of us should be thankful for the privilege of living in a free society. Now that I think about it, Passover is Jewish Thanksgiving. Yea, let’s go with that.

From all of us at OU, we wish our Jewish friends a happy and meaningful Passover!

Gregory Mintz