Matzo is the unleavened bread we eat on Passover, in remembrance of the night the Hebrews
fled Egypt. Before we left Egypt, we baked bread for the long road that lay ahead of us. However, due to the hasty
nature in which we had to do everything that night, the bread did not have time to rise. For this reason, every
Pesach we are forbidden to eat leaven.
On the night of the Seder, which is the festive meal we have on the
first night of Passover, the matzo plays a pivotal role as it replaces the bread, which is an ever-present
component in otherwise every Jewish meal. In order to properly honor the Matzo, we place it on a special Matzah
plate, or Matzah tray, which is a plate specifically meant for Matzah on Pesach.
As opposed to the Seder
plate, which is on full display the entire Seder meal, the Matzah plate is actually covered, both by the Matzah and
the Matzah cover, which is a cloth we use to cover the matzah, the same way we cover challah bread. For this
reason, probably, many Matzah plates are comparatively simple and inexpensive, although there are plenty of
One of the most popular kinds of Matzah trays, which can be purchased at an extremely affordable
price, is the melamine Jerusalem Matzah plate. The price, of course, also depends on the size, but generally even
large melamine Jerusalem Matzah plates tend to be on inexpensive. In the center of the plate, naturally, is the
Hebrew writing “Matzah” and on the sides are many images of edifices reminiscent of Jerusalem.
For those who
want to splurge on a Matzah plate and are into Jerusalem motifs there are fancier and more expensive options.For
example, you can find a beautiful hand-made painted wood Jerusalem plate size 12? X 2? for roughly four times the
amount of money you would pay for said melamine Jerusalem matzah plate. For those who like wood art, you should
acquire other Judaica items made of painted wood; if this is your first time buying Judaica articles for Passover,
remember that you can also find painted wood Seder plates, Kiddush cup and entire havdalah sets. In addition to
being stunning, since these items are covered with several layers of lacquer, you can hand-wash them without a
Silver is very popular in Judaica. Almost any imaginable piece of Judaica can be found in silver,
and Matzah trays are no exception. For less than fourty or even thirty dollars you have almost an infinite number
of possibilities of silver-plated Matzah plates. A common silver-colored Matzah plate is square with vine
decorations all around the edges and bears the name “Pesach” or “Matzah” at the center of the plate, in Hebrew
letters of course. For silver fans, it is a great opportunity to enhance your silver collection. Needless to say,
though, that silver-colored is not the same as actual silver; the latter, obviously, is more expansive. This should
be borne in the minds of those who care not only about the facade of their Judaica but also about the actual
substance of which it is made.