Food and faith
are perhaps never more linked than they are this week, Holy Week for Christians and Passover for Jews. For observant Jews Passover involves a thorough cleaning of the house from everything that has come in contact with chametz
, or leavened products. Even utensils that have touched chametz
are sold or given away for the duration of the holiday.
Holy Week, for Christians, marks the the last week of Lent, a time of fasting and subdued restraint. The most observant Orthodox Christians go completely vegan and often abstain from sugar as well. Even more casual practitioners of the faith often fast periodically or give up some kind of food during Lent.