This year, we face new and complex challenges as we prepare to celebrate Pesach. Below are guidelines from the Kashrut Subcommittee of the Conservative Movement for all who are required to shelter in place because of COVID-19. The full text on various topics may be view here.
Matzah Ideas – You Need Less Than You Think!
Matzah – One is obligated to avoid hametz throughout Passover, but the obligation to eat matzah is limited to the rituals the first and second night seder alone. Therefore, communities should ensure that each home has at least enough matzah for each person to fulfill the obligation of אכילת מצה, eating matzah, during each seder.
If you don’t have enough matzah for all of Pesach, feel free to get your carbs from potatoes and other starchy vegetables and other types of kosher-for-Pesach carbs.
Easy Ideas for the Seder Plate and Ritual Foods
Karpas may be any vegetable. If you don’t have parsley or celery, feel free to use a piece of potato (as is used in Israel) or any other vegetable and dip it in salt water.
Maror – If horseradish is not available, use plain romaine lettuce (which is commonly used for maror in Israel) or use another vegetable or fruit that might bring a tear to the eye when consumed raw such as fresh ginger, mustard greens or raw lemon.
Egg and Roasted Shankbone on the Seder Plate — A roasted beet is sufficient in place of the roasted shankbone and roasted egg.
For those who eat kitniyot, the Talmud states roasted beet and rice. (Pesahim 114b) For those who do not eat kitniyot, a beet is sufficient. If you do not have access to fresh beets, get canned beets and roast one for your seder plate.