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Dude – Where’s my matzah?

Posted by rabbiart on April 22, 2008

The San Francisco Chronicle reported today on a Bay Area wide shortage of matzah. Apparently, all the stores have run out, and its only the third day of Pesach! Hmmm. should have invested in this precious commodity right after Purim. I think we’re down to our last box and a half. Hmmm number 2. Do bees make matzah? Both are in short supply this year.

What exactly is the commandment regarding matzah? Are we required to eat matzah, or only to abstain from eating hometz? In the same verse we are told to avoid hametz, we are told to eat matzah! (Shemot 12:20 Read it here. Earlier in the chapter (verse 15) we’re told to eat unleavened bread for seven days. So it would seem that the explanation we all learned in hebrew school, that the Israelites had to flee Egypt so fast there was not time for the bread to rise, and it became matzah (verse 39) might not be the real reason.

How widespread is the shortage? It’s everywhere!

The Matzah shortage was reported in Reno, Nevada by April 15. And according to the New York Times (April 22), the matzah shortage is coast to coast in the U.S. At the tail end of the article is the best part of the story. In a scene reminiscent of the famous Seinfeld “babka” episode, one lone box of matzah was fought over by two customers, one of whom successfully grabbed it and ran triumphantly down the store aisle.

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