Chabad on Thursday night refuted a report that a matzah made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday while on a visit to Kfar Chabad was thrown in the trash, with a spokesman assuring the Times of Israel that the matzah was alive and well and would be used on Passover.
While on a visit to the community, the prime minister took time to bake the traditional bread, saying, “Every year, for decades, I have been getting shmurah matzahs from Chabad. But this is the first time that I actually got to make it myself.”
The matzah was reported to have been thrown out soon after the premier left, with Israeli media connecting the incident to the ongoing crisis between the prime minister and the ultra-Orthodox community over the recently passed universal conscription law. The tossing of the unleavened bread was depicted as a small form of revenge for Netanyahu’s policies.
But a spokesman for Chabad, Rabbi Motti Seligson, said Thursday that Israel’s First Matzah was doing just fine.
“The fact that some matzahs were not deemed to meet the standards of the bakery has nothing to do with (the prime minister) or politics,” Seligson told the Times of Israel. “Every day there is matzah or dough that is not deemed to meet the standards of the bakery because of various reasons: too much time elapsed during the process before it was baked, the dough or matzahs came in contact with a foreign object, etc.”
But, he stressed, “The matzah (Netanyahu) actually made (rolled, made holes in, and saw through to the baking) was not thrown out as the article suggests and will be used on Pesach.”
So it seems reports of the Matzah’s death were greatly exaggerated: It’s still in one piece.
At least until the seder.