Passover isn’t here yet, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t start thinking and preparing. You all know that I’m no stranger to unusual challah, but I think it’s important that, just before Passover, we make one. Why? It’s easy, while living in the US, to think that all Jews come in one package, namely, Eastern European, Ashkenazi. The people who fled Egypt were weren’t necessarily homogeneous; many intermarried, and others were from other lands, to include Moses’ wives. Aaron and Miriam were even punished by God for speaking in a derogatory way about Moses’ wife from Cush.
The point is that we’re all in it together. The aesthetic of a person does not, in any way, measure their capacity for compassion, performing Mitzvot, or their worthiness of God’s acceptance. We should follow in suit. Please join me in making an unusual “challah” before Pesach begins. Make it a flavored one, a sweet one, a savory one, a flat one! Just make one. You may find that the “stranger” challah adds so much more to your shabbat dinner. (Mine, pictured here, is chocolate) Shabbat Shalom, peeps!