06 - Passover Matzos


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(From the tapestry): "March 1939. Every year before Passover, the Jewish women of Mniszek would gather at Mottel the shoemaker’s house to bake matzos. Mottel would score the matzos and pass them to his son Yankel to bake. Each woman would make the dough for her own matzos, which the other women would roll out. My mother, who is making the dough here, was one of the best dough makers because she mixed her ingredients perfectly without having to add flour or water which would have made them not kosher for Passover. To me this was the most exciting time, watching everyone working so quickly with the aroma of the matzos filling the room. These were the last matzos we ever had in Mniszek.”

Embroidery and fabric collage, 1998.

32-3/8″W x 20-1/16″H