No Bread For A Week!

20 Apr

Plastic sheeting blocks off aisles containing foods that are not kosher for Passover

Plastic sheeting blocks off aisles containing foods that are not kosher for Passover


If it isn't kosher for Passover, you can't buy it!

If it isn't kosher for Passover, you can't buy it!


The only cookies in town: Haggadah biscuits and macaroons

The only cookies in town: Haggadah biscuits and macaroons


I never realized that Passover is a week-long holiday. This year, the first day of Passover fell on Monday, April 18 and the last day will fall on Monday, April 25. In Israel, the first and last days of Passover are national holidays and most stores and businesses will be closed on those days. The days that fall in between are also part of Passover but it’s business as usual on those days. With one rather important exception. Grocery stores do not sell bread at all during the entire week of Passover. This restriction is extended to other foods like cookies (but you can get all kinds of macaroons!), soy sauce and pasta which apparently have some sort of leavening in them or are fermented (as I’m guessing is the case with soy sauce).

I went to my local natural foods store today and sure enough, several aisles of the store containing the forbidden foods of Passover were covered over by large sheets of plastic. Same thing at the regular supermarket down the street. It felt strange to be in the supermarket today. Even though there were a few people shopping, it was eerily quiet. And I am so unused to seeing large sections of a store completely blocked off to consumers.

I’d heard about the fact that I would not be able to find bread in the stores during Passover and bought some extra and put it in the freezer. Sure hope I bought enough.

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