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How It's Made: Matzah
How is matzah made?
When and why do we eat it?
What is Passover, anyway?
Meet the people who make matzah — by hand or in factories — and see how they keep to the strict 18-minute limit, mirroring the Israelites' race against time over 2,000 years ago. Find out how the matzah-making process is more than just mixing flour with water, and shows us the value of doing things together.
Bake your own matzah, decorate an Elijah's cup and grow your own greens. Watch it all unfold with more than 100 stunning photos that reveal a fascinating world behind the scenes.
About the Author
Allison Ofanansky is an author and editor. She won the National Jewish Book Award for her picture book, The Patchwork Torah.
About the Photographer
Eliyahu Alpern's stunning photography appears in many picture books about the Jewish holidays and Israel. View his work online at www.tziloom.com
About Apples & Honey Press
Apples & Honey Press brings together the best authors and illustrators from North America and Israel to create memorable stories for children that illuminate the values of family, community, having fun, and being the best we can be.
Reviews For How It's Made: Matzah
"All about that flat, unleavened holiday food—from dough to desert.Starting with a brief description of the spring festival of Passover, which celebrates and commemorates the exodus of Jewish slaves from Egypt, Ofanansky goes on to describe, step by careful step, the preparation of matzah. Timing is all-important, as everything from preparing the dough to baking must be completed in less than 18 minutes. It is at the Passover Seder where the reading of the Haggadah, the story of the exodus, takes place. A Seder plate containing foods relevant to the tale and the time of the year sits on the table, and three boards of matzah in their own special cover are placed nearby. Children are always included in this family celebration, and in that spirit there are also instructions for baking matzah at home and creating a matzah cover, Seder plate, and cup for the prophet Elijah, who is invited into the house during the evening. Children familiar with the holiday will enjoy the close-up photographic details. Those new to the festival will learn much, especially benefitting from a well-captioned photograph of the Seder plate. The interactive text is engaging for all. The combination of concise, easy-to-understand text and copious photography presents an accessible understanding of Passover and matzah."
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