Fiorina’s awkward Passover greeting: ‘As we break bread’

California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina may need a refresher course in Jewish history, judging by her Passover greeting to supporters.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who is Christian, sent out an e-mail on Monday under the subject line, “Best wishes for a safe and happy Passover.”


The first paragraph was pretty typical, but the second one kicked off with an odd choice of words: “This week, as we break bread and spend time with our families and friends ... “

Break “bread”? On Passover? Uh, no.

On the contrary, the holiday, which commemorates Jews’ liberation from enslavement in Egypt, is the only time all year during which Jews specifically don’t eat bread. Matzoh, an unleavened cracker, fills in for the duration of the celebration.

A spokeswoman for the campaign told ITK that the intent of the e-mail was to encourage people of all faiths to come together, and she pointed out that matzoh is unleavened bread (although they are separate words in Hebrew). “We embrace all breads, leavened, unleavened, gluten-free, rye or whatever else.”