Sometimes it feels as though Karaites get more press around Passover than the rest of the year combined. For good reason, Karaite Passover customs are distinct from the Rabbinic majority. Today, I provide a new video on Karaite Matzah, discuss some historical notes, and provide links to some online resources.
I hope you enjoy this video of two students I learn with making matzah. The recipe is located here.
One small correction: In the video, I said that the mana tasted like coriander when baked. The mana was similar to coriander (Numbers 11:7); but when it was baked it tasted like oil (Numbers 11:8). The book of Exodus also describes the mana like coriander, and says that it tasted like honey. (Exodus 16:31.)
Speaking of matzah, Mourad El-Kodsi’s Karaite Jews of Egypt tells us that the traditional Karaite Matzah was so good that Rabbanites of Egypt used to purchase some. This created a rather amusing discussion in the Karaite Jews of Egypt about whether it was possible to estimate the number of Karaites living in Egypt based on matzah sales. [1.] #KaraiteJewishProblems mentions this here.
And here are some great links for Karaite Passover resources:
Trying to maintain Karaite traditions in a Rabbinic world: My Family’s Karaite Style Passover
Karaite Passover Recipes: Passover, With a Strictly Biblical Flavor
My talk on Karaite Passover customs: Amazing Matzah, Truly Bitter Herbs, and other Passover Customs of Karaite Jews.
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[1.] Karaite Jews of Egypt (Second Edition), p. 16