Breaking Bread for Passover in California?
Americans know that many things are different in the great state of California; but nearly everyone realizes that on Passover, one eats matzah, and not bread – everyone except Carly Fiorina, perhaps.
Apparently the campaign heads for the California Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate did not do their homework about Passover traditions when they sent out the following one-size-fits-all holiday message to demonstrate her connection to supporters from the Jewish faith:
“Passover is a time of remembrance and thanks. This festival provides us all – Jewish, Christian and all faiths – with an opportunity to reflect on the challenges we have faced and the triumphs we have achieved together. It is also a reminder of the resilient spirit that has carried people through trials of every kind through every generation. This week as we break bread and spend time with our families and friends, I hope we also take a moment to say a word of thanks for our freedom and for those who have give their lives in freedom's name.”
The goof quickly went viral on the World Wide Web, sparking merriment and various ratings on her campaign research team among journalists on the Internet and in newspapers throughout California. Democrats added fuel to the fire by helpfully emailing links to media.
“It's matza, please --- matza,” columnist Carla Marinucci corrected in her Politics Blog on the San Francisco Chronicle. “On the other hand: she gets points for a lovely sentiment,” she added.
“We meant all bread, leavened and unleavened, and matzoh is just unleavened bread so that's what we meant by that,” Fiorina spokeswoman Amy Thomas explained to the Sacramento Bee.
The Passover holiday, which began Monday night, lasts seven days in Israel, and eight days in the Diaspora.