If there’s one week that delis look forward to all year, Passover is it. Most close, at least for a few days, and many deli owners head down to Florida, or to the mountains (Jay Parker, I’m looking in your direction), for some R and R. Others renovate, do a deep clean, or actually convert the place to a breadless refuge.
Either way it’s pretty significant. So let’s all take pause, clear our systems of bread, and join around the seder table to remember what it’s all about.
Also, as a plug to myself, check out my article on Vanity Fair’s website about Jewish literature. “Rise of the New Yiddishists”
First off, here’s a great line from a story in the Jerusalem Post:
US President Barack Obama will celebrate Passover Thursday night with staff and friends in what is believed to be the first White House Seder attended by an American president.
The event was slipped onto the president’s public schedule Tuesday night with little fanfare, following a letter signed by Obama earlier in the day wishing Americans who mark the day a “peaceful and relaxing holiday.”
I’d love to know what’s on the menu…
I’m off to the dentist to have the chametz scraped from my teeth.