Seder guests can now be more baked than the matzo.
As the Jewish holiday of Passover begins on Friday, April 22, observers will notice a variety of changes to the traditional diet.
Starting with the Seder meal on the first several nights and continuing with a strict diet throughout the week, Passover is known for the matzo, herbs, dried fruit, and fish, but mainly for the absence leavened bread and other banned foods.
In recent weeks, the Passover diet, which has largely been observed since the 13th century, has undergone some major changes that Jews may or may not choose to follow during the holiday.
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Food is central to the Passover holiday.
For 800 years, some branches of Judaism have banned products like rice, corn, beans, and peanuts—collectively termed kitniyot—from their diet during Passover. But now, Conservative rabbis have decided that the foods are once again permissible.
Reactions have been all over the board.
While some Jews are eager to lay out the new foods on their Seder table, others are not ready to break from eight centuries of tradition.
The change doesn’t affect all branches of Judaism. Sephardic Jews, who largely descend from Spain, Portugal, and North Africa, never observed the ban in the first place.
The rabbis who announced the change said their decision came in part due to modern dietary and health trends, and that permitting these foods during Passover will help vegans and others maintain healthy lifestyles while not breaking from their Passover regimens.