Comfy, cozy and oh, so Passover — matzah pajamas

Comfy, cozy and oh, so Passover — matzah pajamas

The Passover seder is a wonderful, if not long night. It is long for the grownups and even longer for the kids. We hope that our kids will stay awake and participate in the festivities, especially the recitation of the four questions and the counting of the 10 plagues, which some families accompany with props like toy frogs to add a bit of fun and drama, and of course, the hunt for the afikomen.

Now, what if your sleepy-eyed child, after the seder has run its course, could seamlessly segue from the table to his bed when overcome with fatigue?

And imagine that they are already dressed for bed in cozy, yummy soft jammies that celebrate the holiday.

Nice, huh?

Well, adorable, affordable, and available, Passover pajamas are here just in time for the holiday.

The brainchild of creative Jewish educator, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and mom, Rabbi Yael Buechler – who has been sharing her Jewish-themed nail art and Jewish-themed clothing and accessories through her business, Midrash Manicures — the Matza Pajamas were inspired by Rabbi Buechler’s younger son.

It was last year, and the second Passover pandemic year — which meant no real guests at the seder — when Rabbi Buechler decided to outfit her son in a new pair of pajamas that he wore to the family-only seder. The pajamas happened to be yellow.

Her son, Nadav, now 3 but just 2 at the time, saw the color and the holiday and dubbed his yellow PJs his “matzah pajamas.”

Said Rabbi Buechler, “It was so great that as a toddler he could feel ownership of the holiday and connect to Pesach.”

This gave her the idea to design pajamas that had a matzah pattern. It was a bit of a challenge because she wanted to make sure that the pajamas were all-cotton, and the print was a bit trickier on cotton than on other materials. But Rabbi Buechler and her design prevailed, and the PJs are now available on in children and adult sizes.

Besides being comfortable, attractive holiday-appropriate sleepwear, Rabbi Buechler is heartened that the pajamas, just like her other Jewish-themed clothing (fun facts: her matzah dress has been worn by actress Mayim Bialik and her Hanukkah scrunchie was worn by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) has become another way for people to connect to and celebrate their Jewishness.

“With the pajamas, I was able to see things through a kid’s eyes,” Rabbi Buechler said.

“This is a way to give kids ownership of their Judaism and a way that people can physically connect to their Judaism. This is very important.”

Rabbi Buechler, who currently works as the outreach director for young families at The Leffel School (formerly Schechter Westchester) in White Plains, creating programming for young families in Manhattan and the Westchester area, started a manicure club for bat mitzvah-aged girls to teach Torah through nail painting in a school club. The students would learn the Torah portion and then illustrate it doing their own manicures and designs that helped tell the story. It was a fun and creative  way to teach Torah.

People became so interested in the designs that her business, Midrash Manicures, was born. Now, nail decals for the major holidays and other Jewish events are available to those who want to celebrate with both hands.

Rabbi Buechler also offers many other items on her website,

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