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Matzolah and Gefilte Fish Gummies?

GefilteFishGummies_BlogI know that none of these Passover-friendly products are traditional in any way, much less Sephardic, but in the weeks leading up to Passover I thought it an interesting thing to point out since it shows how popular and commercially profitable the holiday has become. I just read a brief blurb in the New York Times mentioning yet a new Passover-friendly product on the market called Matzolah,” a Passover-friendly version of granola, and even at the very traditional Streit’s matzah factory on the Lower East Side can you find Gefilte Fish gummy candies. Overall I think that it is probably a good thing since it promotes a holiday that we don’t want to forget (and by its nature is meant to be retold, promoted, and even reenacted in some way), but I am always wondering if too many of these products detract from the true spirit of the holiday, which is to do “without” all of these things that we normally can eat all other days of the year. How do others feel about the addition of all of these products? Do you think that it helps individuals to observe the holiday more, or does it water it down too much from the message? I welcome your comments!

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