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Home Front: The Many Faces of Matzo

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Whoever you believe is sitting next to Jesus at the table in Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," one thing isn't in dispute: This famous dinner was a Passover Seder, a ritualistic meal in the Jewish tradition that celebrates freedom from slavery and Exodus from Egypt. The Seder offers tasty dishes that are pleasing to every appetite, whether your stomach is religious or not.

While practicing Jews eschew all things leavened (no cake, no biscuits, no Starbuck's muffins) for eight days (this year April 19-26), there are a multitude of recipes that include the massive yeast-free cracker that serves as everything from soup to dessert during the Seder meal. Matzo-ball soup, perhaps the most well-known Passover dish, is comfort food at its best. Matzo brie, the Jewish equivalent of French toast, is a tasty breakfast dish of scrambled eggs and fried matzo. To appease your sweet tooth, you can even buy decadent dark-chocolate-covered matzo.

If you want to join others for a re-creation of the first Passover Seder held in Munich, Germany, after the defeat of the Nazi empire, reserve your tickets for the Fourth Annual Historic Passover Seder at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, April 22 at 6 p.m. Call 257-5400 or visit www.va-holocaust.com. Dinner is nondenominational and open to all.

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