Passover begins Monday evening this yr. The Jewish vacation commemorates the exodus of historic Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as recounted within the Torah.

Rabbi Levi Raskin, director of the JCrafts Center for Jewish Life and Tradition, playfully provides flat discs of dough to the oven to cook dinner into matzah, as ready by first graders from Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, throughout a “Model Matzah Factory” subject journey on the middle in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 18, 2024. To be kosher for the Passover vacation, which begins Monday night, the dough needs to be ready and cooked all inside 18 minutes and never allowed to rise.
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Wearing a kippah with a matzah design, Rabbi Levi Raskin, proper, reveals a primary grade scholar from Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, how water may very well be drawn from a properly as a part of a “Model Matzah Factory” subject journey on the JCrafts Center for Jewish Life and Tradition in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 18, 2024, forward of the Passover vacation which begins subsequent Monday night.
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First graders from Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, make matzah throughout a “Matzah Factory” subject journey to the JCrafts Center for Jewish Life and Tradition in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 18, 2024, forward of the Passover vacation which begins subsequent Monday night. To be kosher for Passover the dough needs to be ready and cooked all inside 18 minutes and never allowed to rise.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Ethan Pressberg, 6, a primary grader at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, makes use of a device to make holes in dough for matzah throughout a “Matzah Factory” subject journey on the JCrafts Center for Jewish Life and Tradition in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 18, 2024, forward of the Passover vacation which begins subsequent Monday night. To be kosher for Passover the dough needs to be ready and cooked all inside 18 minutes and never allowed to rise.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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First graders from Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, make matzah throughout a “Matzah Factory” subject journey on the JCrafts Center for Jewish Life and Tradition in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 18, 2024, forward of the Passover vacation which begins subsequent Monday night. To be kosher for Passover the dough needs to be ready and cooked all inside 18 minutes and never allowed to rise.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

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Freshly baked handmade matzo is seen after being ready by first graders from Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, throughout a “Model Matzah Factory” occasion with Rabbi Levi Raskin, on the JCrafts Center for Jewish Life and Tradition in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 18, 2024, forward of the Passover vacation which begins subsequent Monday night.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Wearing a necklace along with her title in Hebrew, Charlotte Gleicher, 7, a primary grader at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, is helped by her instructor, Dafna Kiverstein, to roll out dough for matzah throughout a “Matzah Factory” subject journey on the JCrafts Center for Jewish Life and Tradition in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 18, 2024, forward of the Passover vacation. To be kosher for Passover, which begins subsequent Monday night, the dough needs to be ready and cooked all inside 18 minutes and never allowed to rise.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The group of D.C.-area first graders had no time to waste — they’d matzo to make.

The college students from Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital had simply 18 minutes to prep and cook dinner the cracker-like, unleavened Passover staple in the event that they needed to maintain it kosher for the vacation. It couldn’t be allowed to rise.

Starting within the night of April 22 this yr, the foremost Jewish vacation commemorates the exodus of historic Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as recounted within the Torah.

Observant Jews keep away from leavened grains for Passover as a reminder of the unleavened bread the Israelites ate once they rapidly fled Egypt with no time for dough to rise. Most breads, pastas, truffles and cookies are off-limits, however matzo — or matzah as some translate the Hebrew phrase — is OK.

But the primary graders, of their paper hats and blue faculty T-shirts, didn’t should face the time crunch on their very own.

Wearing a chef’s hat on high of a matzo-themed kippah, Rabbi Levi Raskin led them by means of all of the steps on Thursday throughout their “Model Matzah Factory” subject journey. The youngsters, whose faculty is in D.C., discovered all concerning the historical past of how the pageant is well known and the story of the exodus.

“As quickly as they combine the flour with water, an 18-minute clock begins,” stated Raskin, who’s director of the JCrafts Center for Jewish Life and Tradition in Rockville, Maryland.

The middle is a collaboration with Chabad and has outreach with public colleges as properly. The demonstration features a mini flour mill to grind wheat kernels, an instance of a water properly, and a piping scorching oven. While their dough takes about 2 minutes to cook dinner, in an actual matzo manufacturing unit the oven is 2000 levels and is finished in seconds, Raskin stated.

First grade instructor, Dafna Kiverstein, was additionally readily available to assist the scholars roll out dough throughout their subject journey on Thursday on the JCrafts Center.

The dough unfold as Charlotte Gleicher, 7, guided the rolling pin over it, her arms flanked by her instructor’s.

Wearing a necklace along with her title in Hebrew, Charlotte then used a device to prickle the dough with small holes, picked up the flattened disc and positioned it by the others ready to be baked into matzo and ultimately eaten. Though she was dissatisfied that she was unable to seek out her private piece after they had been baked, Charlotte appreciated the handmade matzo so much.

Passover usually lasts seven days in Israel and eight days elsewhere.

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