Tuesday marked the start of the Jewish month of Nissan, the 15h day of which is the Jewish holiday of Pesach (Passover). A fascinating new video shows the intricate process of making matzah, the traditional unleavened bread eaten on the holiday.
The various religious laws concerning the preparation of matzah are observed in the video, which follows the process from the wheat fields to the ovens, and shows the careful scrutiny in ascertaining that the matzah is not allowed to rise.
The video is set to Yonatan Raz'el's heartfelt rendition of the Jewish classic "Vehi She'amda," a song recounting G-d's protection of the Jewish people in every generation. The song is part of the Passover Haggadah text, which recounts the miraculous Exodus in which G-d brought the Jews out of Egyptian slavery to the land of Israel.
Razel's song "Katonti" was awarded song of the year in the ACUM (Union of Composers, Writers and Publishers in Israeli Music) Awards this year.
Even Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got into the matzah-making action on Tuesday, baking matzah for the first time during a visit to Kfar Chabad's matzah factory.
"At home, I have eaten this Chabad matzah for years. Today, for the first time, I am also preparing it myself. I am very excited. I wish the entire Jewish People a happy Passover," said Netanyahu at the factory.