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What Blessing do we recite over Matzah?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein


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For most Matzah1 we recite the same blessing we recite for bread:

Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam Hamotzi Lechem Min Ha’aretz.

[Blessed are you G-d our L-rd King of the Universe who extracts bread from the earth].

Because there is a Mitzvah to eat Matzah on the first night (in Israel, and outside of Israel on the first two nights) of Passover, we say two blessings for the Matzah at the Seder: 1) The above blessing, thanking G-d for food. 2) The following blessing, thanking G-d for the Mitzvah: 

Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam asher kid-e-sha-nu b'mitz-vo-tav v'tzi-vanu al achilat Matzah.

[Blessed are you G-d our L-rd King of the Universe who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to eat Matzah].


  • 1. For egg Matzah see,2068731/Is-Egg-Matzah-okay-for-Passover-use.html


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Holidays » Passover » Seder » The Matzah

(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
(pl. Matzot). Unleavened bread which is eaten on Passover, especially at the Passover Seder (feast), commemorating the Matzah which the Jews ate upon leaving Egypt. It consists of only flour and water and resembles a wheat cracker.
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Festive meal eaten on the first two nights of the holiday of Passover (In Israel, the Seder is observed only the first night of the holiday). Seder highlights include: reading the story of the Exodus, eating Matzah and bitter herbs, and drinking four cups of wine.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.