Kosher for Passover Easter Basket? No, Really


I was really excited, in a silly way, to find out that Lieber’s Candy of Brooklyn makes kosher for Passover marshmallow bunnies and duckies–just like Peeps, only no gelatin! (I found the photo here–go give the kosher food detective some love!) I had this great idea to commission someone to make us an Easter basket with all kosher-for-Passover candy to photograph and feature on our site. In order to be kosher for Passover, candy can’t be made with corn syrup, and there are other kashrut rules about ingredients that apply to foods year-round that also apply on Passover.Pesadik peeps by awhyzip

I wasn’t completely kidding about wanting to blend Jewish food rules with Christian celebratory traditions. We have run one fabulous article by Teresita Levy, who hosts her Catholic relatives each year, Ay Vey, A Kosher for Passover Easter…With Recipes. Our families are increasingly diverse, and I believe with the right recipes and a little metaphoric WD-40 on your metaphoric door hinges, you can open your house to everyone.

I put out a call on Twitter to see if anyone wanted to photograph a kosher Easter basket, and one of my friends asked whether I had contacted Family Table, Greater Boston’s kosher food pantry. See, kosher for Passover Peeps are a cute idea, but there are a lot of Jewish families who can’t afford matzah. It’s a mitzvah, a religious obligation, to eat matzah, and it’s expensive.

Passover is a great time to think about feeding people. We say “all who are hungry, let them come and eat.” It’s emblematic of our freedom that we can host other people at our Passover seders. Right now, in the United States, there are people going hungry. If you are looking for a way to contribute, how about Project Mazon, a national Jewish hunger charity? If you clean your house for the holiday and get rid of leavened food, consider donating unopened packages to the local food bank. Let me know if you have other ideas that will celebrate Passover, Easter or the vernal equinox by making sure that all are fed.

2 thoughts on “Kosher for Passover Easter Basket? No, Really”

  • Thank you for your post raising the issue of poverty in Jewish and interfaith families. So frequently Jews living at or near the poverty line fly “below the radar.” The economic costs for ritual items, kosher food, the ability to invite guests on Shabbos/holidays and synagogue dues to these individuals and families is virtually impossible. The social costs to a rich faith life are also enormous. Each of these costs impact Jewish and interfaith families in a way that we, as a community cannot afford. My hope is that by raising the issue of Jewish and interfaith families living in poverty we can begin to build a community that successfully breaks these barriers down. I thank you for this post and for providing ideas about how those reading your blog can engage in this issue!

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