JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli soldiers in the Kfir Brigade ate salami and matzah for their seder meal after a base chef heated up the real seder food inappropriately, rendering it unkosher.
The infantry brigade returned to base from a mission at the start of Passover expecting a festive holiday meal, but the base chef had begun to heat up the food after the start of the holiday, which also fell on the Jewish Sabbath, and is prohibited by Jewish law and army rules, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. The station cited Israel Radio’s military affairs reporter Carmela Menashe, who was contacted by the parents of some of the soldiers.
The chef, a warrant officer, has been court-martialed for violating a standing military order, according to Channel 2.
The food that was heated up incorrectly was thrown away on the order of the kitchen’s kashrut supervisor, according to reports.