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Passover Matzoh

The journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom, remembered during the weeklong Passover holiday each spring, inspires the preparation of unleavened bread called matzoh. Why unleavened? The Hebrew people left Egypt in a hurry and had no time for bread to rise. Today it’s rare to find bread or any foods made with leavening agents for sale during Passover, especially in Jerusalem. Matzoh is a flat, crisp—and bland on its own—square of crunchiness. Modern times have produced matzoh flavored with onion and made richer with eggs. Cooks get creative with fried matzoh and baked treats.

Updated: 11-2013

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