Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Get Ready, Get Set, Go....18 Minute Mitzva Time

After a hard day of Passover cleaning, I am about to go and watch a spectacle that I have enjoyed for the past few years - westbankpappa and a bunch of other men from our settlement bake their own matza for Pesach.

A few years ago a group got together and purchased small bakers ovens that are used exclusively for this purpose. Each year more and more people participate, so that they have reached the point where there are four rounds of baking, not counting the two hour special baking on the eve of Pesach itself.

The Rabbi of the yishuv supervises everything, of course, down to the smallest detail, including keeping track of the time. From the second the water is mixed with the flour his stopwatch is on, making sure that the baked matza is finished before 18 minutes are up. Someone usually brings a tape player, so that there is Jewish music in the background, and the kids watch avidly as their fathers perform this once-a-year mitzvah (Torah commandment). Boys 16 and up can participate, so my oldest son will be baking, too.

After working hard getting the house ready, I always enjoy putting my feet up and watching the men sweat a bit.

But the best part comes next week. Everyone enjoys the taste of pappa's special matza at the seder. It seems that everything, even matza, tastes better when it is "homemade".


Blogger bec said...

how wonderful!!!
several weeks ago i did a program with my hebrew school kids and their parents in which we made our own matzah. i imagine wbpapa's comes out much better than ours did!
eating your own matzah must really add to the depth of your seder and all of pesach.

10:47 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

thanks Bec!

8:18 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

That sounds pretty cool.

8:39 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Wow...someone asked if we live in the same yishuv...but we don't use tape players -- but real guitars, flutes and bongo drums.

So I guess we don't live in the same place ;-)

(And had I read your posting last week, I probably wouldn't have blogged mine today)

3:37 PM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

Jameel - live music sounds great...

4:34 PM, April 10, 2006  
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