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April 28, 2019

MATZAH, transliterated into English as matzah, matzoh, or matzo, is unleavened bread. The history of matzah goes back to early Biblical times. In Genesis we read of Lot baking matzah in Sodom for the two angelic visitors who came to his home. Unleavened bread is mentioned several other places in the Bible. Because matzah does not need to rise, it can be cooked in a very short time. As was the case with Lot, it was often baked and served fresh to unexpected guests. Matzah is most often associated with the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread, which begins immediately after Passover.

April 21, 2019

In the spring of 2000, I had a solo exhibition of my artwork at Peoria’s Contemporary Art Center. My exhibition consisted of around thirty paintings based on the Exodus and Passover. One of my pieces in this show was a seder plate that I painted on a 16-inch diameter wooden platter (featured right). Even though we are not obligated to follow all the prescriptions of Jewish tradition, I included the six traditional items on my seder plate, for two reasons. One, because extra-Biblical traditions are not wrong when they are not anti-Biblical. They can actually be good if they help us more clearly understand spiritual principles and help us enter into worship with a greater appreciation for the Lord. Two, because without the traditional extra-Biblical items on a seder plate, it

April 1, 2018

MATZAH, transliterated into English as matzah, matzoh, or matzo, is unleavened bread. The history of matzah goes back to early Biblical times. In Genesis we read of Lot baking matzah in Sodom for the two angelic visitors who came to his home. Unleavened bread is mentioned several other places in the Bible. Because matzah does not need to rise, it can be cooked in a very short time. As was the case with Lot, it was often baked and served fresh to unexpected guests.

March 25, 2018

In the spring of 2000, I had a solo exhibition of my artwork at Peoria’s Contemporary Art Center. My exhibition consisted of around thirty paintings based on the Exodus and Passover. One of my pieces in this show was a seder plate that I painted on a 16-inch diameter wooden platter (featured right). Even though we are not obligated to follow all the prescriptions of Jewish tradition, I included the six traditional items on my seder plate, for two reasons.

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