Give Your Matzah a Makeover!

by | Apr 10, 2019 | Hillel Ontario, Jewish Holiday | 0 comments

Spring has sprung (sort of), exams are in session, and Passover has arrived! Matzah, eaten on its own, is very dry and a bit flavourless, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out our favourite ways to eat matzah for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!

Breakfast Ideas

Avocado Matzah


Your favourite breakfast doesn’t need to stop when it’s Passover. Avocado on matzah is a popular breakfast item for the Hillel Ontario staff. There are many variations to this simple recipe, whether it be adding egg on top, or tomatos, there are many ways to make this dish delicious!
Recipe here.

Matzah and Cream Cheese

Figuring out what to have for breakfast in the morning during Passover can be a struggle. Cream cheese on matzah is an easy go to, and surprisingly it tastes delicious. Add some lox, tomato and cucumber, and you’re good to go!
Recipe Here

Lunch Ideas

Matzah Pizza


Matzah Pizza is a childhood classic. It has all the great toppings you put on a normal pizza with a nice added crunch from the matzah. Pile on the toppings and you won’t even realize you are eating matzah. You can have this meal more than once during Passover by simply switching the toppings.

Recipe Here

Matzah Nachos

This is recipe is super easy to make. All you need to do is swap your tortilla chips for Matzah and you’re all set! Pile on the cheese, add your favourite veggies and you will want to eat this dish every day of Passover.

Recipe Here

Dinner Ideas

Matzah Crusted Chicken Cutlets

While this might seem like a weird combination, the texture of the matzah really adds to the flavour of the chicken. It is crunchy and filled with flavour. Many of us at Hillel Ontario have made this and strongly suggest you give it a try!

Recipe Here

Matzah Lasagna

While it’s doesn’t taste like noodle lasagna, this matzah lasagna is cheesy, crispy and delicious. Hillel Ontario staff definitely recommend this dish, and it’s their go-to meal to make during Passover. If you are in a rush and looking for an easy simple dinner, try this out!

Recipe Here

Dessert Ideas

Chocolate Caramel Matzah

The absolute best thing about Passover is matzah covered in chocolate caramel. Surprisingly, not everyone at Hillel Ontario has even tried this Passover treat! Chocolate matzah is a must have in my house during Passover, and it should be in yours! The only problem about chocolate matzah is that it is insanely addictive–it’s hard not eating an entire tray in just one sitting!
Recipe Here

Matzah S’mores

Martha Stewart has a unique approach to matzah that is simple to make. This is a new recipe for the Hillel Ontario staff, but we all agree it’s worth a try this year!
Recipe Here

We hope some of these recipes have inspired you to try something new with matzah this Passover! Let us know if you try any of these recipes by tagging us on Instagram (@HillelOntario) so we can see what you create! If you are looking for other great Passover recipes check out these Jewish blogs: What Jew Wanna Eat, Jewlish, and The Nosher.

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

In their research on listening to survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, Bronwen E. Low and Emmanuelle Sonntag note listeners’ problematic tendencies towards one of two responses.  On the one hand, they can regard the narratives as so unfamiliar and foreign that they must be pushed away as overwhelming, untouchable, and inaccessible.  On the other, the stories can be seen as familiar, to the point that the listener cannot separate their own experiences and emotional response from what they take in.

But another, preferable response exists: Roger I. Simon and Claudia Eppert talk about a “chain of testimony” and suggest that listening imposes a duty on the listener.  Listening to personal testimony at the crossroads of memory and history “imposes particular obligations on those called to receive it – obligations imbued with the exigencies of justice, compassion, and hope that define the horizon for a world yet to be realized.”  In this way, bearing witness and listening to testimony demands a number of actions and responses, including that we “transport and translate stories of past injustices beyond their moment of telling by taking these stories to another time and space where they become available to be heard or seen.”

If we take Simon and Eppert’s charge seriously, as I believe we should, those of us who have been privileged to hear the direct testimony of survivors of the Holocaust.  Their words come not just with the specific knowledge they impart or the emotional impact they have on us – sorrow, anger, fear, horror – but with a duty, an obligation of some kind.  

On many of our campuses, this week is Holocaust Education Week, and this Friday marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Given the significant number of Holocaust survivors and their descendants in Canada, the scheduled events and programs have a personal resonance for many of our students and their families, but their impact can be deep and meaningful for all of us, regardless of who we are and where we come from.  I encourage each of you to make time to participate in this week’s activities and to consider your place in the chain of testimony: what obligation does listening to narratives from the Holocaust place on you, and how do you carry those stories forward in time?

 

Weekly D’var: Shemot

Weekly D’var: Shemot

In this week’s parashah we learn the story of Moses, from his birth, through his flight from and eventual return to Egypt, to the acceptance of his role as leader of the Hebrew people.

After fleeing Egypt, for killing an Egyptian slave master, Moses was living rather peacefully as a shepherd in the land of Midian. The Torah describes for us Moses’s first interaction with G-d upon coming across a bush, “burning with a heart of fire [Exodus 3:3]”. G-d calls out to Moses and requests he take the Jewish people out of Egypt and eventually into the land of Israel. However, Moses argues with G-d, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? Who am I that I should take the Jews out of Egypt? [Exodus 3:11]” After initially refusing four times, Moses eventually agrees to G-ds request, and as we know, the rest is history. But why was Moses so unwilling to take up the position of leader, to the extent that he would argue with G-d? And why was G-d so set on having Moses lead the Jewish people? 

Perhaps the answer can be found through the incident that led to his flight from Egypt, years earlier, when Moses, as mentioned above, killed an Egyptian slave master for beating a Hebrew slave. Immediately, he was met with opposition from some of the Hebrew slaves, “who made you chief and ruler over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? [Exodus 2:14]” Moses felt discouraged and unsure of his ability to lead. However, it seems that G-d saw in Moses, a faithful shepherd, the ability to lead his people from slavery to freedom. Very often in Tanakh, the people that are most worthy to lead are the ones who deny that they are worthy at all. Moses may not appear to be the first choice for a leadership figure, suffering from a speech impediment and lacking charisma; however, Moses possessed certain qualities that made him the ideal leader to bring the Jewish people out of Egypt. We too possess qualities that can lead us to achieve incredible success and realize our full potential. We may often feel unmotivated or unsure of our own capabilities. Instead of feeling discouraged, I believe we can look to Moses who, despite all his doubts, stepped up to the challenge and became the greatest leader in Jewish history. 

Sam Virine
VP of Jewish Life at Hillel Waterloo & Laurier

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