Pesach, Passover, is fast approaching. In home after home, cleaning is underway as products not appropriate for the Festival of Unleavened Bread are removed to make way for kosher for Passover foods.
There are three things we can do with the forbidden foods. The first, and sadly the most common, is to throw them away. This may be unavoidable for products that already have been opened, or that have a brief shelf life. The second is to wrap the products well and place them somewhere out of sight; not ideal, but becoming a common alternative.
There is a third option and it is the most “Jewish” one of all: Gather the unopened foods together, pack them up, and bring them to a food pantry near you.
At the same time, donate funds to the Jewish Family Services in your area, or to your synagogue’s Matzah Fund or Maot Chitin fund. This money is used to help the poor and the financially strapped elderly to celebrate Pesach at least with the essentials.
“Let all who are hungry come and eat” is a phrase that slips easily off our tongues as we begin the central portion of the Haggadah. This year, let us give meaning to those words.
Let no one go hungry on Passover, Jewish or not.