Friday, April 22, 2016

Some rabbis just lifted an 800-year-old dietary rule, and the change may rock your Passover world

This isn’t a precise metaphor, but something is happening with Jews and Passover that’s a little like if Weight Watchers’ most devout, longtime members suddenly learned that ice cream frappes are totally fine. This is a much bigger deal, though.
Friday night begins the eight-day holiday, during which the Torah forbids Jews to eat foods considered “chametz” – leavened products that can rise to become like bread. This is meant to remind Jews of the biblical story of their hurried exodus from slavery in Egypt, when they had no time for bread to rise. Chametz can also be seen as a metaphor for arrogance and other attributes – or types of enslavement – from which Jews are told to free themselves.

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