Matza, matzah, matzo, matzoh … a food that has many spellings, thanks to its Hebrew origins, and no direct English translation.

For today’s Daily Inspiration, Rabbi Greenspan reads the story The Matzah Man: A Passover Story, by Naomi Howland. It was one of her daughter’s favorite Passover stories when she was young.

At the beginning of the Passover seder, we break a piece of matzah and call it the Bread of Affliction. It is the meager sustenance of slaves, the meanest fare of the poor, the quickly produced food of those who make a hurried, under-cover-of-dark getaway. Yet later, it represents freedom, the bread we eat when we are liberated from Egyptian bondage.

You can read more about matzah on My Jewish Learning.com.