I love matzah!

The Passover seders are behind us, but Passover is going on.

We will keep eating matzah for several more days. Unlike many people who complain about the taste and the texture of the unleavened bread, I love matzah! My favorite is not the plain, square product sold in packs of six boxes, but a rough, charred, thick, round, hand-made (and much more expensive) matzah, called Sh'murah (meaning that it is watched carefully from the moment the wheat is harvested through the process of baking). Because you can only buy it before Passover, I always buy some extra and use it during the year.

Some people might think I am crazy, but to me it is the taste of Exodus and probably the best reminder of what matzah symbolizes - slavery and freedom, two opposites of the human condition we encounter each and every day.

I've always been intrigued by the seeming contradiction represented by matzah: How can the same thing be a symbol of both slavery and freedom? This year, I came across an article by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of England, in which he examines this paradox and gives a profound answer. I want to share the article with you today:

 Matzah: Symbol of Oppression or Liberty?


  I wish you a good and meaningful Passover week and a peaceful and restful Shabbat,