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nounPlural matzoth, Plural matzos
A thin, crisp unleavened bread, traditionally eaten by Jews during Passover.
- ‘The rule is once Passover matzos are baked, they are acceptable, even if they get mixed with other allowed ingredients and rise during rebaking.’
- ‘Central and Eastern Europe's cuisines would be remiss without grated crumbs for their schnitzels, matzos, and strudels.’
- ‘Unleavened bread or matzo is eaten to remember the Exodus when the Israelites fled Egypt with their dough to which they had not yet added yeast.’
- ‘While many of them do involve both body and soul - eating matzah, wearing tefillin, blowing a shofar, etc. - in the case of mitzvot it is the needs of the soul that provide the impetus for engaging in the activity.’
- ‘The matzah also stands in contrast to chametz (the expansive yeast in bread which makes it rise) which symbolizes false pride, absorption in our individual egos, and grandiosity.’
- ‘On Passover, we didn't have any matzah or wine, of course.’
- ‘For example, one need not spend more than this amount for a tallit or tefillin, a sukkah or etrog for Sukkot, or matzah for Passover.’
- ‘‘Then it is set then,’ she said, ‘after the war you must make us matzos for Passover and we will all eat them together.’’
- ‘No rabbi needs to give a sermon in order to inspire his community to eat matzah on Passover.’
- ‘Do you know the real reason why Jews have three matzoth at the Seder table?’
- ‘He offered me Passover matzo in the back seat of his van in New Hampshire.’
- ‘We lit candles and exchanged gifts for Chanukah, drove to High Holiday services at the temple, and had wine and matzah for Passover.’
- ‘For where there is Passover, there is matzo, a dry, cracker-like, bread replacement that we are forced to eat.’
- ‘I made zucchini stuffed with ground matzos (unleavened breads) and a cake with ground matzos, nuts, fruit and chocolate.’
- ‘Most of the 613 mitzvot in the Torah require the performance of a certain action - like giving charity, or eating matzah on Passover.’
- ‘Passover can take us far beyond matzah, wine, and family warmth.’
- ‘I open the box of matzos and break off pieces to eat while we try to figure out the difference between regular cooking time and microwave time.’
- ‘There are some mitzvos that can be fulfilled by meeting minimum standards, such as eating a small portion of matzah at the Seder.’
- ‘Walk past and check out the matzo coming off the conveyor belt, and the old Jewish men packaging it up.’
- ‘For the few days of Passover, chametz and matzah are antithetical.’
Yiddish, from Hebrew maṣṣāh.
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