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Why Jews Don’t Eat Bread on Passover

It’s not the reason you think

Photo by Osama Elsayed on Unsplash

Everything you know about Passover is a lie.

Okay, not everything. But the story about matzoh — the cardboard crackers Jews eat instead of real bread during the Passover holiday — is probably fake news. The age-old story that Moses told the Israelites they needed to skip town ASAP, do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-$200, and that they couldn’t even wait for the bread to rise in the ovens, doesn’t hold up.

It’s still a fantastic story, especially for teaching children the lifelong value of time management. And it’s dramatic too, the idea that they had to leave so quickly that they pulled the unfinished disks of dough from the ovens and just started marching across the desert.

It’s not a good story for bakers, however. Because anyone who has ever baked anything knows that the matzoh was never going to rise no matter how long the Israelites waited.

Don’t believe me? Try it. Take flour and water, mix them together, and put the paste in the oven. I’ll wait.

Did you get a tall, airy ciabatta bun?

Matzoh has no yeast in it. It has no baking powder or baking soda. If the story about running out of time had any truth to it, the dough would have a leavening agent, would it not?

So what’s the deal?

Read this earlier piece to find out:

https://medium.com/illumination/this-is-why-jews-dont-eat-bread-on-passover-fa9482429ad6

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