Happy Isru Chag!
While Moroccan communities around the country are out celebrating Mimouna, here in TRLEOOB (the real life equivalent of our blog), we’re marking the official opening of what’s fondly known as “Gebrochts Week”.
Of course, back in the Old Country, we did eat gebrochts on the eighth day. However, here in Israel, there’s obviously no yom tov sheni shel galuyot, and so we don’t have that eighth day.
Instead, we have something even better: An entire week to indulge in gebrochts.
For instance, this morning, some of the kids had broken pieces of matzah (“matzah farfel” בלעז) with milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Meanwhile, other family members had fried matzah (aka “matzah brei”) for lunch.
And so on.
Now, I suspect that some of you think it’s kind of strange that we’re having Pesach foods when we could be eating actual chametz.
And so let me assure you that in addition to all the aforementioned gebrochts dishes, we’re also partaking of chametz. (In fact, YZG made the requisite initial chametz run this morning.)
It’s just that instead of wondering what to do with our extra matzah, we get to try all these foods that we’ve been craving all week.
In other words, having leftover matzah is a feature… not a bug.
Stay tuned for details of our chol hamo’ed outings…