You most likely already know that Passover is known for, four cups of wine, getting together with friends and family, some time off of work and school. It’s undeniably an awesome holiday. But there’s a lot that you may not know about how to celebrate Passover in Israel. But fear not! Because we have you covered.
Whether you’re coming to Israel hold your dream Passover seder, or just want to enjoy the atmosphere during this week-long holiday, here’s why you need to spend this Passover in Israel! Hint hint— kosher for Passover hamburger buns.
1. In Israel almost everyone eats like a Sephardi in Israel during Passover. More and more Ashkenazim are adapting to the Sephardi laws for Passover, consuming Kitniyot (seeds, legumes and various grains) during the holiday: fresh young fava and peas that are in season, hummus, tahini, rice, corn. The holiday is already looking up.
3. In addition to the aforementioned fast food joints, you can actually find real restaurants (not just a couple – many!) that serve kosher for Passover food. And that includes Italian restaurants that serve pasta, pizza and bruschetta, all made of potato starch and cornstarch. So if you suffer from a wheat allergy this is your time to live it up.
4. Bakeries make seriously fabulous Passover cakes, parve versions included. What would you think about ending the Seder with a parve hazelnut espresso cake with dark chocolate mousse? Or an almond based cake topped with layers of milk chocolate mousse and caramel mousse? And passion fruit cheesecake?
5. You don’t need to have family in Israel to enjoy a seder. If you don’t have family here fear not, you will most definitely get adopted into someone’s seder.
6. Even if you choose to stick to matza only, the variety in Israel is huge and includes gluten free, spelt, whole wheat, rye, onion-flavored potato starch, matza dipped in chocolate and candy – you can even get chocolate bars with matza pieces!
6. If you’re on a gluten-free diet this is the time to fill your suitcase with gluten-free delicacies, such as chocolate wafers, cakes, cookies, pretzels, breadcrumbs, pasta and a variety of cereal – all kosher for [Passover]. Believe me I stock up on all sorts of delicious goodies for my daughter for the rest of the year! It’s a celiacs heaven.
But the absolute best part about spending Passover in Israel is the unique positive energy buzzing around you. Even the buses say “Pesach Sameach” (Happy Passover)It’s amazing how every person, every company, and industry take part in wishing the Jewish people a happy holiday.
Chag Kasher V’Sameach! Happy Passover!