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Matzah Covers Guide

Matzah is the food most traditionally associated with the holiday of Passover or "Pesach" in Hebrew. Passover honors and celebrates the exodus of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt under the Pharaoh. Upon running from slavery, the Hebrews had to take their food and leave very quickly not allowing their bread to rise. Mentioned multiple times in the Torah, Matzah serves to commemorate and symbolize redemption and freedom. It also serves to humble a person and bring them to a higher appreciation for their freedom. While Matzah is eaten throughout the week of Passover it specifically is used for the Passover Seder meal. During the Seder, or special dinner, various symbolic foods are eaten.

Celebrated in the Hebrew month of Nissan, is the first month of the Jewish calendar. To symbolize the first month and freedom, the Passover Seder table is traditionally set with a special white tablecloth and white satin is used to cover the Matzah. Similar to Shabbat, the Challah or in this case Matzah is covered with a special cover or case that has beautiful embroidery typically in silver to honor this special holiday.

Matzah Plates

Once the Matzah is in its special cover it is typically placed on a beautiful plate usually made from a frosted glass with dark blues and often the word Matzah is engraved in Hebrew. Dishes for Passover are kept separately from plates used throughout the year, as anything that has touched what items are not allowed on Passover. These beautiful plates then are specifically used to honor this important holiday.

Passover is one of the only times where instead of spending time in the Synagogue, the whole ritual is done in the home making the table the true centerpiece for this special occasion. Families and guests gather around the table and each member has a special role to play. The children ask the "four questions" of why this night is different from all others and the "Afikomen" is hidden and searched for at the end of the evening.

Afikomen Bags

The "Afikomen" is a special piece of Matzah that is broken off at the beginning of the meal. The "afikomen" is a substitute for the Passover sacrifice during the First and Second Temple periods. Traditionally this piece of Matzah is hidden and the children have to run around the house to find it as a fun way to keep the children awake and alert throughout the whole meal. The middle piece of Matzah is used and when found is eaten to ensure that the Matzah is the last taste left in the mouth.

Like the Matzah there are also beautiful Afikomen bags made in white satin with beautiful embroidery and tassels. Originally the Afikomen was wrapped in a napkin and hidden but today these special covers are used for an added touch of elegance.

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