At the end of March, women began preparations for matza baking, under stringent supervision, in Moshav Komemiyut near Kiryat Gat. The preparation and baking of matzot is a laborintensive process and must be completed within 18 minutes.

After rolling out the dough, it is baked at high heat until it develops dark spots, then set aside to cool. Matza is just one way the Jews commemorate the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago; in their haste, the bread they had prepared for the journey did not have time to rise.

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