JERUSALEM (AP) -- Two all beef patties on a potato flour bun?
For the first time, McDonald's Corp. is changing its bun recipe
in Israel for the Jewish holiday of Passover, which starts Friday
During the week-long holiday, the fast-food chain's nine
restaurants in Israel will sell hamburgers on buns made from
potato flour. They also will make chicken McNuggets with flour
made from matzo, a flat unleavened bread eaten on Passover.
Jewish law forbids any foods that are allowed to rise, such as
bread made with yeast, during Passover.
McDonald's food is not kosher -- approved under Jewish dietary
law -- so many religious Jews would not eat there anyway. The
restaurants serve cheeseburgers, for example, while Jewish law
forbids the consumption of meat and dairy products at the same
"There are a lot of non-religious people in Israel who don't
eat bread during Passover," said Irina Shalmor, a spokeswoman for
McDonalds in Tel Aviv. "We want to cooperate with our customers."