Coming from a fairly Reform-Jewish background at home, celebrating the Jewish holidays was one of the rare occasions during the year when the religion became a poignant aspect of my life. With the arrival of Passover this past week, one of the highest holy days of the Jewish calendar, and also the holiday mostly centered around food, managing my eating habits has been something new for me away from home.
Passover is usually a week long event, with two seders—basically a huge meal with friends and family that has multiple parts and events throughout—in the beginning of the week and then abstaining from certain foods for the rest of the week. While I may not have had the pleasure of being with my family for our annual seder, sitting around the seder plate, trying to get through the four questions all while hiding the matzo somewhere in between (classic signs of any Passover seder if you’re Jewish), I have gotten some of my Passover fix from Tufts.
First off, Hillel held two seders in the beginning of the week for people who wanted to participate, and even though I did not actually end up going (I probably should have), my friends that went told me it was a great time with some great food, and let’s just say I took their word for it.
Second, I’ve been maintaining a somewhat “kosher” diet this week by the stations set up at Carm and Dewick for people who choose to do so. And while I may not follow every rule that Passover has to offer, any Jew can attest to the fact that nobody really knows all of the rules associated with Passover, just that you aren’t supposed to eat bread. I have had minor tastes of the holidays which is enough for me to fulfill my “Jewishness” for the week.
For breakfast I’ve been eating matzo and eggs, a classic combination back at my house. And while I may not be eating the matzo brei that my grandma usually makes during the holiday (which is basically a scramble of matzo and eggs—trust me it’s good), I have had my own version, though it’s turned out to be more of an egg sandwich.
Carm has also provided me with my second favorite food of the Passover holiday, macaroons. And I know most of you out there get confused when I say macaroons, because I know you’re all thinking of the cute circular cookies that are different colors that you usually buy at malls or bakeries. The macaron, with one “o” is what you’re thinking of, but what I’m talking about here, with the double “oo,” is much, much better. The macaroons that I eat during Passover are basically just mounds of shredded coconut mixed with sweetened condensed milk, and they are delicious. They beat the sad excuse for a “cookie” that a macaron claims to be any day, in my opinion.
Nevertheless, macaroon, macaron, or whatever you want to call them, the food of Passover is pretty great, and I will say I have been fairly satisfied with the options that have been provided throughout campus relating to the Passover spirit.