How have you connected across cultures through food? What new discoveries did you find?
On my recent trip to Jerusalem, I explored a wide range of cuisines and recipes. While my initial goal was finding new recipes for Breaking Matzo, I ended up finding new friendships and fun.
During my two days in Jerusalem, I visited over 15-20 restaurants and food shops. I explored the following: Iraqi, Kurdish, Lebanese, Libyan, Moroccan, Palestinian, Russian, and Turkish cuisines! Each restaurant proprietor welcomed me enthusiastically into their kitchens and introduced me to their food secrets. It was so much fun. My guide explained I was the founder of Breaking Matzo and that was the magic key to opening the gates to their food kingdom.
Given the diverse range of cultures, flavors and languages, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily we all connected and communicated when speaking the common language of food. Breaking Matzo is committed to highlighting people of different flavors sharing a common purpose.
In reflecting on how easily food can bridge cultural divide, I thought about the Story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis.
People attempted to build a tower to reach the heavens. In some ways, mankind used its collective power to disregard the sanctity of God and reach the heavens on their own. As a result, God divided mankind into 70 Groups, each with its own language.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
— Genesis 11:1–9
In some ways, I believe that celebrating food cultures from around the world is actually uniting us all. Each of the recipes I explored were examples of each culture’s attempt to connect with holidays through unique flavors. Each dish helps children and adults remember holiday celebrations. I loved the smile and joy that each chef had in describing their recipes.
I hope Breaking Matzo continues to unite us all in our quest for culinary connection and holiday harmony. Food is our common language, connecting human hearts and uniting our beautiful planet.