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Baking Matzah in israel

Location: KFAR HABAD, Israel
March 28, 2012

An ultra-orthodox Jewish man bakes shmura matzo, unleavened bread, as preparation for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover in a bakery in Kfar Habad, outside Tel Aviv, Israel, 28 March 2012. The baking of shmura matzo is labor-intensive, as only 18 to 22 minutes is permitted between the mixing of flour and water to the conclusion of baking and removal from the oven. Consequently, only a small amount of matzos can be baked at one time. After the matzos come out of the oven, the entire work area is scrubbed down and swept to make sure that no pieces of old, potentially leavened dough remain, as any stray pieces are now chametz, and can contaminate the next batch of matzo.

Credit: EPA
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