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The Old Testament talks about a promised land filled with milk and honey. Apparently, they forgot about the M&Ms.
While in preparation for Passover, the most observant Jews will painstakingly remove all traces of leavened grain (chametz) from their homes (an ancient custom that commemorates their forebears' hasty flight -- they left so quick that they didn't have time to wait for the bread to rise). But one temple has gone in a pretty unorthodox direction. They've organized a "chocolate seder" for its youth group, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Gone are the regular staples of the traditional Passover meal, like matzo, parsley dipped in saltwater, and bitter herbs. Instead, the kids scarfed down green M&Ms and graham crackers slathered in marshmallow fluff after reciting an opening prayer: "Blessed art Thou, Eternal our God, Ruler of the Universe, creator of cocoa beans of the tree." Jugs of chocolate milk replaced the traditional wine.
"People get so caught up with the food and all the rules of what you are and aren't allowed to eat," the temple's rabbi, Amy Feder, told the Post-Dispatch. "What's neat about the chocolate is it's a reminder that the foods that we eat at Passover are symbols."
To which a ghost chorus of ancient elders replied: "Oy, vey!"