A quick snippet from my Passover article this year at Kveller:
Many of us unknowingly (or knowingly) rely on the physical aspect of our holidays to access the deeper spiritual realm where we can focus on what really matters. On Rosh Hashanah we dip apples in honey; we fast on Yom Kippur; we’re commanded to eat in a sukkah during Sukkot; we fry potatoes in oil during Hanukkah; we try new fruits on Tu Bishvat; we make a dairy meal for Shavuot; we feast throughout Shabbat. Rosh Hashanah, however, is not about apples and honey. Hanukkah is not about latkes. Shabbat is not just about pigging out.
Likewise, Passover is not about avoiding bread or experimenting with a trendy diet. Still, changing the way we eat for the week can make an impact on our ability to digest (no pun intended) the lessons of the holiday.
My post this year was inspired by a question from a friend who asked how to approach Passover when you’re already gluten-free or grain free. Although I’m not in either of those categories, I loved the question and her implied observation that we do rely on food to help provide a spiritual gateway to some of our holidays and memories.
I thought of three easy ways to Passover meaningful by focusing on so much more than what you can and cannot eat. I hope you’ll take a look!