Thursday, April 14, 2011
What Happened to Passover?
First of all making Passover is really expensive. We now have such a large variety of choices in Kosher for Passover foods that you can spend thousands of dollars, especially if you have a large family. Do we really need Kosher for Passover cereal? They all taste terrible. But kids demand it. I am sure we can now find Kosher for Passover toilet paper (Of course if you eat lots of matzo you will not need toilet paper).
Also, most couples work. So who does the cleaning for Passover? You hire a cleaning maid. More money. Did you ever try to hire a maid at the last minute right before Passover? Forget it. You have to make a reservation a month before Passover.
Of course, you can always go away to a Kosher for Passover hotel, or should I say resort. You can go almost anywhere-the Swiss Alps, Beach Resort in Cancun, even a Black Sea resort in Bulgaria (don’t ask). It is a very American thing to do- and it costs an arm and leg. But I always felt it somehow negates the entire idea of Passover. It seems to me that we celebrate Passover because our ancestors left Egypt suddenly (they could not hire the moving company Shleppers); and they even could not bake bread. So going to a fancy resort for Passover is like being served beer at an AA meeting.
But the coup de grace is when I read that Rabbi David Wolpe, the Rabbi of one of the largest Conservatives Synagogues in America, said in effect “the Exodus never happened… but let’s eat matzo anyway.” So let’s see now- because some ancient ancestors fabricated a mythic exodus from Egypt; modern Jews should disrupt our lives, cleaning and scrubbing, changing our diets and dishes, taking time of work, spending a fortune, and performing all kinds of weird rituals. Does that make sense? I think it does- but I am not sure why.
Hope everyone has a good Passover. Harry