Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Great Miracle Happened There [in Egypt]

I have a little matza
I made it out of wheat
And when it's dry and crunchy
A matza I will eat
Oh matza matza matza
I made it out of wheat
And when it's dry and crunchy
A matza I will eat...

Unless, of course, it's SOFT MATZA from Brooklyn!


Blogger Halfnutcase said...

actualy according to my old rosh yeshiva the matza used by people in europe was also made this way. He told us that it was because of this kind of matza that the custome to refrain from gebrochtes arose, and matza like this is the reason why most of the older law books say that the leader should give everyone from his matza.

(that is to say, the matzot where the size of a pizza, although about as thick as those, and according to him had maybe 30 kzaisim, and would certainly feed a whole house.) (a two pound matza, run for your lives!)

3/14/2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Soft matza?

Pita bread!

3/14/2007 5:34 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


the rabbi of my shul in Upstate New York when i was there had the same theory about gebrokts.

The back of the hill:

not quite... looks like laffa, tastes *definitely* just like the crunchy matza.

3/14/2007 6:20 PM  
Blogger Halfnutcase said...

Steg, in my rabbi's case it was more than just a theory. He had personaly witnessed it and participated in the baking in the old world.

he spoke from personal experiance, not conjecture.

(and that was one of the awesome things about him. He had actualy lived on a farm, made butter, wine, and all kinds of other things and knew what he was talking about in a very real way, such a difference in hearing him lecture!)

3/14/2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger Lipman said...

Wow, personally witnessed! I thought the change came some 150 or 200 years ago!

3/15/2007 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Mar Gavriel said...

I personally baked soft mattzo a few years ago, with Egg. (No, not with Eggs, but with the individual at Yeshiva University known as "Egg".)

Ever since that time, it has been hard to consider crunchy mattzo המוציא, even on Pesahh.

3/15/2007 7:38 AM  
Blogger Lipman said...

Matzes are hammôtze, but masot are mezonot. Not sure about mazzò(d).

3/15/2007 2:05 PM  

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