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Matzah Plates Guide

On Passover we place the Matzo on a special plate specifically meant for Matzah on Pesach, this plate is known as a Matzah plate. Matzo is the unleavened bread which is traditionally eaten by Jews during the Passover holiday, at a time when eating “Chametz” which is bread or other foods containing leavened grain is forbidden.

There are two different types of meanings behind the symbolism of Matzah, one is a historical meaning commemorating the exodus from Egypt, and the other meaning is quite symbolic, symbolizing redemption and freedom. Matzah can translate to “Lechem Oni" meaning poor man’s bread, which should serve as a reminder for us to always be humble, and to never, forget was life was like in servitude. The most popular and common types of Matzah plates are wooden, glass, silver, and melamine. Each type of Matzah plate is more affordable than the next and created with such artistic craftsmanship.

Seder Plate

The Seder plate is a special plate containing symbolic foods which are displayed or eaten at the Passover Seder. On the Seder plate we place and serve six types of food which represents“The Exodus”.

The six types of food we place on the Seder plate are, the Charoset, a sweet mixture of fruits, wine and honey, represents the mortar that the Hebrews used to build cities in Egypt; the Maror, bitter herbs, and Chazeret, horseradish, symbolize the hardships that the Hebrews underwent; the Karpas, any vegetable other than bitter herbs, usually potato or celery, is dipped in salt water and stands for the many tears shed by the enslaved Hebrews; the hard-boiled egg represents the korban hagigah, the festival sacrifice, that was offered in the Temple; finally the Z’roa, usually a chicken wing or roasted lamb, represents the korban haPesach, the Passover sacrifice. The Z’roa is only symbolic and is not eaten. Finally there is a seventh symbolic item used during the Passover Seder, which is a stack of three matzos placed on its own plate on the Seder table.

Seder plates come in many different styles and can be specially designed for both children and adults alike. Other than playing an important religious role, the Seder plate also has an aesthetic role, being the table centerpiece. Seder plates come in various types such as aluminum, pewter, glass, and the ever so popular ceramic.

Matzah Cookery

Matzot are used not only by themselves but in several roles in Passover cuisine where they can substitute for flour or pasta. In English speaking countries, where Ashkenazic culture dominates, matzo balls and matzo farfel are widely used in soups and as pasta, as well as Matzah meal being used in baked goods such as cakes.

Sephardim use Matzah soaked in water or stock as a substitute for phyllo or lasagna pasta to make pies known as mina, or in Italian, Scacchi. Some Ashkenazim do not cook with Matzah, believing that mixing it with water may allow leavening; the mixture is called "Gebrochts" by Ashkenazi Jews.

Matzah Covers

Throughout the Seder meal the Matzah is covered an ornate cloth, which is known as the Matzah cover. Serving the same purpose as a Challah cover, Matzah covers come in various styles, colors, designs, and sizes. Silk Matzah covers are extremely popular; they are printed in eye-catching and vibrant colors. In the design the traditional house of Jerusalem is illustrated. In the center of the cover, the word "Passover” (Pesach) or “Chag” is painted.

Velvet is also a popular make for Matzah and Challah covers alike. Usually circular and fringed, velvet Matzah covers endow any table they rest on with a regal touch. Many velvet, as well as other materials, Matzah covers come with an added bonus: a matching Afikoman bag!

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