Happy Passover everyone!
"Obama Da Dog a recent convert to Judaism celebrates Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating freedom from Egyptian bondage and slavery..." This blog was published as an opinion article on 04-07-12 in the Kaua'i Garden Island news; "Next year at Taco bell..." http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-saturday-april/article_7269225a-8071-11e1-8efb-0019bb2963f4.html
This blog originally ran on 04-24-11, Dakinetalk Blog #268 & on 04-06-12 Dakinetalk Blog #626
and again on 04-14-14 Blog #1268http://dakinetalk.blogspot.com/2014/04/next-year-at-taco-bell-james-kimo-rosen.html
Happy Passover~Next Year at Taco Bell
Special Classic annual Passover blog
Everyday of the year is someone's birthday, and with all the religious and secular holidays, it gets hard deciding which ones to celebrate.
|Michelle Obama lights candles at a White house|
Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday, since it is an American holiday, and not a Christian or Jewish holiday.
The rules of holidays are what I question. For the Jewish holiday of Passover, Jews (my people) are not suppose to eat leaven (bread or anything with yeast for 8 days.) This tradition started with the Jews escape from Egyptian bondage and slavery. While on the run they had limited time, only time to make a quick flat bread, that didn't have time to rise. therefore we eat Matzo as a remembrance of hard times. (Matzo is a bland cracker with very little taste consumed during the 8 day long holiday of Passover.
We celebrate Passover with humbleness by abstaining from bread, however we prepare huge holiday meals of a roasted brisket with pan fried potatoes, matzo ball soup with chicken, elaborate salads and special cookies made from matzo meal instead of flour. I don't believe the Jews had time to make those items either if they didn't even have the time to bake bread? The basic rule, if it rises don't eat it during Passover. Noodles, pasta rice, beans etc, are all off the menu.
Eggs are on the menu even though they are a leavening agent in many baked goods. Whipped egg whites are a a leaven agent. Egg whites trap air bubbles in the batter, so when whisked, egg whites are folded into a batter, they hold the air in and help the baked goods attain a light, puffy rise. (added in 2015 edition)
The other irony is when you mix flour and water in a warm environment it creates sourdough, which is a sour yeast. I therefore believe that the matzo cracker would had risen in many cases.
The Jewish people eat matzo and have elaborate gourmet meals to remember the days of slavery.
Why not just enjoy a nice spontaneous meal on the move, as most probably did during the exodus?
How about going through the drive through at Taco Bell, after all tortilla's are unleavened. This would sure make one humble and an appropriate way to remember hard times.
Next year at Taco Bell!
(Editor's note, the last words at every Passover Seder are, "Next year in Jerusalem," next year at Taco bell is a play on words and my attempt at humor.) ;-)
|Sunrise over Kapaa|
James "Kimo" Rosen photo