We recently had a Seder supper and had a box of Matzo left over.  I love to eat Matzo with peanut butter or just butter.  But since I am trying to shed a few pounds before James’ wedding, I am not doing so.  But what to do with the leftovers?  I found this wonderful recipe for Matzo Toffee.   The blogger calls it Matzo Crack because it is addictive.   Giving away the toffee will be easier than than just giving away the plain matzos.  It is absolutely delicious.  

I was thinking this is an appropriate candy to make on this Holy Saturday when we are anticipating the sweetness of the Resurrection after having recalled the Last Supper and then the Passion of Our Lord.  The matzo is so simple, being made of only wheat and water, and yet it has many connotations to the Jewish people.  I am borrowing from this article to show just a bit of its meaning for them:

Matzo means “unleavened bread” in Hebrew. Matzo is both the symbol of affliction and slavery, the unleavened bread which the Hebrews ate as slaves in Egypt, and matzo is also a symbol of physical and political freedom which the Hebrews attained after leaving Egypt. Its place in the story of Passover or Pesach also makes it symbolize the transition from the bitterness of slavery in Egypt to the sweetness of physical and political freedom after leaving Egypt. Matzo also symbolizes the nearness of G-d to the Hebrews, for as the Hebrews were preparing to leave Egypt and only had time to bake unleavened bread, G-d was near to them, ready to guide them in the form of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Finally, the simple ingredients of matzo – water and flour – as well as the flatness of the unleavened bread as opposed to the puffiness of leavened bread, symbolizes “poor man’s bread” as well as “humility” and “humbleness”, as opposed to the puffiness of one’s ego that characterizes a wealthy person as symbolized by leavened bread.

Many things and people in the Old Testament pre-figured what was to come in the history of our salvation.  The manna in the desert, as well as the unleavened bread, was a pre-figuring of our Holy Eucharist in which God has remained for all time.  This holy season of the Triduum has not come without the austerity of the 40 days of Lent preceding (prefigured by the time of the Jews in the desert).   Today is a time of preparation for the great feast of Easter–it is the day when we contemplate Christ in the tomb.  But we know the sweetness of His Resurrection is to come.  We symbolize that by putting aside the fasting of Lent and once again enjoying those things which we have denied ourselves (like chocolate, for instance!)

This blog is called “musings” for a reason.  One thought (or recipe) often leads to other musings and that is how you can have a recipe and a short lesson in one post.

Have a very blessed and Happy Easter.

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