BOULDER, CO: Once again, the Boulder County Center for Judaism is importing over 100 pounds of Shmura matzo for Passover. The round, hand-kneaded product is worlds apart from the machine-made, pre-packaged matzo most Jews know. “Shmura” means to watch or guard, and these matzos are guarded from the harvest of the wheat through the packaging of the completed matzo to insure no contact with the smallest speck of chametz or leavening.
When the Israelites left Egypt as directed by G-d, they had to leave quickly and could not wait for their dough to rise. The hot desert sun, however, baked the dough in their packs as they walked so when they stopped to eat, they found hard, flat crackers they called matzo. One of the reasons Jews eat matzo during Passover is in commemoration of the creation of this unleavened bread.
In addition to the fact that our ancestors were bereft of anything leavened (chametz) and we want our annual celebration of their liberation from bondage in Egypt to be as true to their experience as possible, over the years chametz has become symbolic of egotism, arrogance, and condescension to others, traits so harmful that they are considered the roots of all negative characteristics, adding another reason for eliminating even the most minute amount of chametz prior to the start of the holiday – Monday, April 10th at sundown.
“Shmura matzo is the closest thing to what our ancestors ate as they fled Egypt 3,000 years ago,” said Rabbi Pesach Scheiner of the Boulder County Center for Judaism
If you want to add this traditional hand-made matzo to your family’s Seder, please order soon as no matter how many pounds they order it always sells out quickly. Each box costs $23.60 and contains one pound (six or seven large circular matzos). It is available in regular or whole wheat. To place your order, email email@example.com or call 720.422.6776. Once the matzo arrives, purchasers will be notified so they can come to the Boulder County Center for Judaism to pick it up or arrange for it to be delivered.
And if you’re interested in performing the mitzvah of selling your chametz, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.