Religion & Beliefs

DIY Matzah!

I don't understand the deal with buying Shmura Matzah. I don't think it tastes very good, and it's really really expensive. And I don't think I believe that we really have any idea what matzah looked like back when the … Read More

By / March 30, 2007

I don't understand the deal with buying Shmura Matzah. I don't think it tastes very good, and it's really really expensive.

And I don't think I believe that we really have any idea what matzah looked like back when the children of Israel were fleeing their bondage at all. Is there actually somewhere in the Torah that tells us they made big round flat loaves? And if so, how did they transport them without breakage? Should shmura matzah really look like a pile of shmura crumbs at the bottom of a dirty cloth bag?

BUT!

Regardless of my preference for the cheap machine-made matzah… I'm a big believer in DIY, and I think it's really fun to MAKE MY OWN MATZAH!

As you well know if you've read Faithhacker much at all, I think that getting your hands dirty is almost always a good way to make traditions more meaningful. Maybe because I like to get messy, and maybe because I'm just cheap, but in any case…

You should give it a try. ESPECIALLY if you have kids around you can involve in the fun.

Of course, your matzah won't be kosher (unless you have rabbi friends willing to come oversee your dough-fest). But you can make it this weekend and enjoy it before the holiday starts… or feed it to the ducks, or whatev…