Six Prep students join Rabbi Yossi making matzah for Pesach. They are wearing white chefs hats with their school uniform.

Our little Matzah makers

Across the Junior School the sounds of Pesach are in the air as children explore, sing and act their way through the Haggadah. On Seder night we will position ourselves in the footsteps of our ancestors, retelling the story of yitziat Mitzrayim. Prep and Year 3 students enjoyed incursions by the Matzah Bakery and delighted in the opportunity to bake their own shmurah matzah, a hand made, ‘guarded’ matzah. 

Rabbi Yossi set the students to task grinding the wheat kernels into a fine flour before starting the clock in the 18 minute countdown to preparing the dough, rolling and baking this unleavened bread of affliction. Our students have explored the duality of matzah in representing our simple food as slaves and also its significantly sweeter taste as our freedom-meal, as the Jewish people hastily left Mitzrayim and ventured into the midbar (desert), as b’nei chorin (a free people).

Chag Pesach kasher v’sameach!

Louise Lowinger

Learning Area Leader Jewish Studies K-5