Sacred Time: Holiday vs. Holy Day

As we eat the last of the matzo, I am extremely grateful to you for becoming part of the Breaking Matzo community.

Launching Breaking Matzo, transforming my own passion project into a reality, was an incredible experience for me.  I am reflecting on why it felt so important for me to share with all of you.

In some way, it goes back to my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.  She discussed the meaning of Sacred Time (Leviticus 23) in terms of a Holiday versus a Holy Day.

She said, “The way you decide to spend your day determines whether it is a Holiday or a Holy Day.  Notice how close they are. A holiday belongs to us; it is about what we want to do, when we want to do it.  It is about having fun, and we don’t really think about what we are even celebrating.  A Holy Day belongs to God, it is about thinking about God, and reflecting. It is meaningful and personal.  But in the end, any sacred occasion can be a holiday or a holy day.”


Big FamHoly Days are meant for Philosophy and Meaning.  Holidays are meant for Food, Family, and Fun.   It is my fervent hope that Breaking Matzo helped your Passover become a Holy Holiday.  Full of Food, Fun, and Philosophy, stimulating for the mind, touching the heart, and uplifting for the soul.

If this really happened, then we achieved our goal of truly making your Passover Magical, Meaningful, and Memorable!

Next year in Jerusalem!

– Andy Goldfarb

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