Alternative Spellings

shemurah, shemura, shmurah


  • a type of matzah adhering to more stringent interpretations of permissible matzah for Passover

Example Sentences

  • We hold by Rav Cheppershtayn, who says matzo is usser if it isn't shmura matzo. You can Google it!
  • My Chassidish bubbe only eats shmura matzah on Pesach, but we have a box of egg matzah at home.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


מצה שמורה 'lit., guarded matzah; matzah protected from the time of harvest'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


Commonly referred to by the whole term "shmura matza" or, rarely, "matza shmura"

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