By Jill Fox
While some are gathering their baskets and waiting for the Easter Bunny to visit, others are preparing for the Passover holiday.
Slightly less exciting, but just as meaningful, the children of MiraLago came together this week to learn more about Passover with hands-on baking. Rabbi Shmuly Gutnick of the Chabad Youth Network of Florida brought his traveling matzah factory to teach young participants how to make their own matzah from start to finish.
“This time of year we see a few thousand children,” Rabbi Gutnick said. “They love to experience it live, tell the story, take the stalks of wheat, grind their own flour, bake it, and eat their own matzah.”
From Hebrew schools to neighborhood clubs, the rabbi has even visited young professionals with his mobile factory.
“It doesn’t matter how old they are,” he said. “Everyone likes it because they’re learning and it’s hands-on.”
During Passover, much of the food is deeply symbolic. While matzah represents the unleavened bread that Jews ate while fleeing Egypt, Rabbi Gutnick explained that its flat shape also represents someone humble and kind.
“On Passover, we try to do as many good deeds as possible to make the world a better place.”
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Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.