A surprising juxtaposition of the seventeenth century with classical times.
This report from PRI focuses on the extreme measures people take to deceive themselves into believing that they're eating normally during their Passover observance. Bernard Avishai aside (his commentary at The New Yorker takes the view that "the point on Passover is the positive act of eating unleavened bread, matzot, to emphasize the good of freedom"), I find all the eggs and matzo really heavy. A couple of days in, and I'm feeling really uncomfortable, like there's five extra pounds in my stomach. I'd rather focus on sensible alternatives—fruit, vegetables, even meat and fish. I think it can be so much easier. I guess I'd better get used to being in the minority on this one.