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Shmurah Matzah

Shmurah Matzah


Shmurah means “watched,” and it is an apt description of this matzah, the ingredients of which (the flour and water) are watched from the moment of harvesting and drawing.

The day chosen for the harvesting of the wheat is a clear, dry day. The moment it is harvested, the wheat is inspected to ensure that there is absolutely no moisture. From then on, careful watch is kept upon the grains as they are transported to the mill. The mill is meticulously inspected by rabbis and supervision professionals to ensure that every piece of equipment is absolutely clean and dry. After the wheat is milled, the flour is again guarded in its transportation to the bakery. Thus, from the moment of harvesting through the actual baking of the matzah, the flour is carefully watched to ensure against any contact with water.

The water, too, is carefully guarded to prevent any contact with wheat or other grain. It is drawn the night before the baking, and kept pure until the moment it is mixed with the flour to bake the shmurah matzah.

Also in the bakery itself, shmurah matzot are under strict supervision to avoid any possibility of leavening during the baking process. This intensive process and careful guarding gives the shmurah matzah an added infusion of faith and sanctity—in fact, as the matzah is being made, all those involved constantly repeat, “L’shem matzot mitzvah”—“We are doing this for the sake of the mitzvah of matzah.”

Shmurah matzot are round, kneaded and shaped by hand, and are similar to the matzot that were baked by the Children of Israel as they left Egypt. It is thus fitting to use shmurah matzah on each of the two Seder nights for the matzot of the Seder plate.

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Shlomo Karni Albuquerque NM via March 12, 2016

Sha'atnez? "Shmurah Matzah" is an Anglicized expression for a purely Hebrew one; it follows the English rule 'adjective followed by noun' , "Guarded Matzah". Since the original is Hebrew, it should follow the Hebrew rule, 'noun followed by adjective', i.e., "Matzah Shmurah" (like "Yeled Tov", not "Tov yeled".) Reply

Anonymous ct April 8, 2014

"Shmoo matza". Funny.
My father, from Lublin, pronounces it "shmeera". Reply

Anonymous israel March 28, 2014

shmura- means -guarded - preserved Reply

PH Coral Springs, FL via April 7, 2011

Shmurah Matzoh I remember when my sons would go to the Shmurah Matzoh factory in Lakewood, NJ every year on a school trip. It gave a different sense of the holiday to them, and us at Seder time. It made it fun. Reply

Ruyven Eastport, Md via March 18, 2010

Moisture Free What do they mean absolutely moisture free? How do they measure it? Do they check the relative humidity?
If there is moisture, do they use it for anything else or is it wasted?
Very interesting information. Cool website. Reply

Elaine Gerkman St. Laurent, Quebec via April 3, 2009

Religion This is a very informative site to learn about our religion and traditions. It's a mitzvah to those responsible for giving us this site. Reply

Anonymous April 12, 2008

Shmurah Matzah For years, my uncle's Seder would have what he called the "Shmoo" matzah from Brooklyn. Thank you for providing such great information about "Shmurah," and how to order it. Reply

Anonymous Bridgeport, CT March 29, 2007

this is such a good site
thank you Reply

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