Thursday, March 29, 2018

What is Passover Matzot?

Since Passover is coming up soon, I wanted to explain to you what was the proper Passover Matzot.

I really hate current traditional Matzot very simply because I literally choke on it when I eat it more than several days. It is very tasty but it is very hard to eat for a week. In fact, this was the reason why I got suspicious about it. Why would God want to torture me and His people?

After checking the Torah, I have realized that the Torah never even implies that this is what we are to eat, so let's take a look at what Torah really says:
CLV Ex 12:39 They baked the dough which they brought forth from Egypt, unleavened ember cakes, for it was not leavened, for they were driven out of Egypt and they could not dally, and, moreover, they did not make provision for themselves.
As you can see, when Hebrews observed the Passover and left Mizraim, they were on the road so they did not and could not make proper bread. More so, they were required to eat unleavened bread for a week. So the bread they had to make was not only unleavened but it had to be something that they could easily make. So the bread they ate could only be something that can be cooked with campfire since they obviously did not have ovens or any bread making equipment.

The translation of what they ate is very unclear so let's take a look at the actual Hebrew text.

The word in question is עגת (ogt) which is obviously a form of bread since the type of bread is mentioned (unleavened). So all that we need to figure out is what form of bread OGT are. 

Please note that OGT is plural and the proper pronunciation of the form of bread is OG. So they ate OG or what Torah calls MTZUT OGT.

The closest words I found are עגל (calf - Ex 32:4), עגלת (tabernacle wagons - Numb 7:3) and עגיל (earring - Numb 31:50). So if you know Hebrew you would agree that it is actually pretty clear what OG means and it most certainly refers to something soft and round, which can only mean that the form of bread in question was also round, soft and flat. There is no word for this in English so here is the best picture I found. The bread on the picture is leavened but it looks very similar to unleavened one.

As you can see it was round, soft and flat. They most likely put oil in it too to make it soft and it had to be thick enough to remain soft but it also thin enough to be made quickly and without the oven on the road.

Most likely they put stones in a campfire and cooked these breads upon in.

So as you can see, this is what Passover/Feast of Unleavened Matzot really is. You definitely not going to choke on this. In fact, it is much more pleasant to eat than crackers.

Also, we can definitely say that OG couldn't have been cracker type matzot because there is a separate word for this in the Torah (רקיק - rkik - cracker type wafer).

I also need to point out that we are never commanded to eat OG for Passover and Feast of Unleavened. So we are not violating these holy days by eating crackers. But I personally find traditional matzot very unpleasant to eat for a week. And I recommend you to switch to this type of Matzot because this way you will be able to experience and remind yourself about the events of Exodus more fully.

P.S. It seems that they also ate OG in the desert and it was made out of Mann. See Numbers 11:8. Also, Torah does not say that they ate OG for actual Passover Seder before they left Mizraim.

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