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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Making of Shmurah Matzahs by Hand

I thought this would be interesting for you, my readers, especially those of you who are not familiar with the process of baking shmurah matzahs by hand. What are shmurah matzahs? They are matzahs which comply more stringently with halacha, or Jewish law, by being "watched" or "guarded"(-the meaning of 'shmurah') from the time of harvest so that the wheat will not come in contact with water or anything that would enable it to ferment and 'rise.'

The matzah flour has to be prepared and baked within eighteen (18) minutes in order to prevent fermentation and rising ("chametz").

Here is a video depicting the preparation and baking of shmurah matzah, in Bnei Brak, Israel:

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