Jewish Veg's guide for making Passover a spiritual and culinary success
Why a Vegan Passover?
The spiritual themes of the Passover holiday are tightly intertwined with veganism. In fact, if we’re taking the meaning and insights of Passover seriously, then every Seder should be vegan.
That might sound audacious, until you consider these four ideas:
- We repeat the Passover story primarily to remind ourselves of our ancestors’ experiences in slavery and to recommit ourselves to ending oppression in our time. The oppression of animals and workers in modern animal agriculture is massive in scale and bottomless in depravity.
- During Passover, we avoid chametz and eat unleavened bread to reaffirm the virtue of humility. In contrast, the whole concept of confining, killing and consuming animals is based on the misguided idea that human beings are far superior to our feathered, furry, and fishy friends.
- Spiritually, Passover presents an opportunity to free ourselves from our personal enslavement to bad habits. Given the ethical, health, and environmental consequences of consuming animal products, switching to a plant-based lifestyle is liberating for all involved.
- During Passover, we recall the Ten Plagues that were visited upon the Egyptians. This year, we are facing a modern-day plague: the coronavirus. This virus first spilled over into the human population at a meat market.
Passover Vegan Recipes
All the traditional foods for Passover can easily be made vegan with simple recipes that are delicious and avoid all the issues of consuming animal products. We are delighted to share some of our favorite recipes to add flavor to any Seder table.