Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Making our kitchens holy

Today is Pancake Tuesday for many Catholics. Its history comes from the final chance for housewives to use up all the butter and fat and syrups and sugars in the house before the long Lenten fast. The kitchen is ready for the coming battle against our earthly and indulged appetites, to intensify and purify our desire for His Coming.

Don't Jewish people hide a little hanky-wrapped piece of matzoh after they've cleaned the house of foods forbidden during Passover? The child who finds it gets a prize. Look at the similar sensibility (and the same season even); they purify their house to be ready for the feast of remembrance and praise.

So tonight I'll go home and have a little look around for any leftover penance foods. If I find any, I'll just have to (sigh) eat them.

Happy Shrove Tuesday!


Old Oligarch said...

The Jewish tradition you're thinking of is called the hiding of the Afikomen. (Like any Hebrew word, it's transliterated a zillion different ways.) It is hidden at the beginning of the Passover meal -- so significantly after the sweeping of the leaven on the previous day -- and is found around the middle of the meal by the children.

The Afikomen is half of the middle (second of three) matzah wafers stacked on the celebrant's plate. Messianic Jews think this signifies the descent of the Logos and his discovery among men, but that's not going to be in any Seder ritual books!



Sample Text

We are grateful ladies with a point of view and a sense of humor. Like-hearted people are welcome. Others, too.

For a glimpse at our lighter side, hop over to In Dwelling.

E-mail us.

Sample text

"There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know."

Pres. Barack Obama, Feb 5, 2009