We received word (Friday, 3/15) from Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University, that "Equal Exchange pareve chocolates (the 3.5 oz. or 100 g line and dark chocolate minis) may be purchased before Passover and consumed on Passover". These products are also vegan, soy and gluten free. For people following Conservative halacha, products must be in the house the day before Passover, prior to Bedikat Chametz.
These products include:
Organic Chocolate Espresso Bean Bar
Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds Bar
Organic Ecuador Dark Chocolate Bar
Organic Mint with a Delicate Crunch Bar
Organic Orange Dark Chocolate Bar
Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate Bar
Organic Very Dark Chocolate Bar
Organic Dark Chocolate Minis
With deep appreciation to Rabbi Menachem Creditor (Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA) who initiated the conversation and Rabbi Tuvia Hod of Kosher Germany (Equal Exchange's Kosher ceritfier)
You can find this chocolate in many Whole Food Stores, food coops, and natural food stores, or you can order it directly from Equal Exchange. Although they guarantee that you'll receive your order within 10 business days, to discuss expedited shipping options, please call Equal Exchange's Customer Service dept. before 1 pm EDT, on Wed. March 20th, at 774-776-7366, to ensure that the bars will be in your home by the first night of Pesach.
FTJ worked with Rabbi Menachem Creditor to offer this inspiring kavanah:
Every generation learns that things are more than they seem. This chocolate I hold is more than just chocolate. This is a symbol of potential freedom, a realization that foods that give me delight can be made without child labor. Joy need not be accompanied by pain or oppression. May I experience the sweet flavor of this gift as a hint of the freedom that birthed it. May the world know liberation, one person at a time, mindful act by mindful act, until all people are free.
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I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…