Monday, February 10, 2014

I've eaten my last-ever "Lechem Mishneh" :(

Due to yet another problem with my messed-up metabolism, I'm now yeast-free, in addition to being gluten-free and dairy-free.  This creates an interesting halachic challenge.

According to tradition, a Jew is supposed to recite the b'rachah/blessing "ha-motzi" ("Praised is [the One Who] brings forth bread from the earth") over two whole loaves of bread at every Erev Shabbat/Sabbath Eve dinner and every Shabbat lunch, as well as at dinner and lunch on the Shalosh R'galim/Pilgrimage Festivals (and, I believe, Rosh HaShanah/Jewish New Year).  I'm sorry to say that this is no longer possible for me, due to a combination of gluten-intolerance, yeast "intolerance," and logistics.  Yes, it's true that I can buy gluten-free oat matzah for Pesach/Passover and, since I'm Ashkenazit, and Ashkenazi Jews follow the opinion that matzah is always a form of bread--some non-Ashkenazi Jews follow the opinion that matzah is a cracker except on Pesach--I could use gluten-free oat matzah for lechem mishneh.  But I would need three sheets of matzah for every Shabbat and Yom Tov--and, for Shabbat alone, that would mean storing 156 sheets of matzah.  I live in an apartment, folks.  Where on earth could I possibly store well over 156 sheets of matzah?! 

Gluten-free oats rolls were a lot easier to work with, since I could buy them any old time, rather than having to stock up for an entire year all at once.  But they're rolls, folks, and rolls contain yeast.  Oh, well, they were nice while they lasted.  It's a good thing that I can fulfill my obligation to eat an "official halachic meal" by drinking three ounces of grape juice.


Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

Remember that crepe recipe I gave you a while back? Make it with Oat Flour, and you can make Motzi over it.

Fri Feb 14, 12:06:00 AM 2014  
Blogger Talia bat Pessi said...

That stinks. :(

Sun Feb 16, 03:48:00 AM 2014  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Oops, sorry I missed these comments until now.

Reform BT, could you gave me that crepe recipe again? Maybe I'll try it with certified gluten-free oats. Thanks!

Talia, it certainly does. Oh, well, could be worse.

Sun Feb 23, 04:55:00 PM 2014  

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