New York Times Magazine Forgets What’s Kosher For Passover
Tonight marks the first night of Passover, a Biblically-derived Jewish festival celebrating the Israelites freedom from slavery in Egypt. Even though it is a celebration there are extra dietary restrictions imposed on the regular Kosher rules during the eight days of Passover.
Because Passover is mainly a joyous family holiday many of the most non-religious non-Kosher followers still follow the dietary restrictions. Which makes it so odd that in a video for the New York Times Magazine a meal is created with “Easter and Passover in mind” that couldn’t be more inappropriate for Passover.
With “Easter and Passover in mind” Sam Sifton, former Restaurant Critic for The New York Times and current National News Editor, and Mark Bittman, Op-Ed Columnist and Chef, set out to make a southern style “spring feast”. The only problem being that they weren’t keeping Passover in mind at all.I hate to resort to what many would call internet nitpicking and whining but it’s disrespectful and pandering to say you are making a meal with a religious event in mind and then break several of the dietary rules of the religion and holiday. Even if that meal is mouth-wateringly delicious.
Let’s just ignore the mixing of milk and meat in this meal since many Jews in America follow reform tenants and will be doing the same tonight. But what you won’t find on Seder plates (or Seder Plates) is ham, shrimp or rice. Pork and shellfish are always forbidden under Kosher rules while rice is prohibited for Ashkenazi Jews during Passover.
I am not at all religious but I were attending this meal during Passover I would not feel that the chefs had kept my holiday “in mind”.