The Nation: Toasted Matzoth

It all began one morning before Passover. Soviet embassy officials in Washington found in their mail a number of boxes of matzoth, the traditional unleavened wafers used to celebrate the Jewish holiday. There were more matzoth the next day, and more the next—literally tons of them. Soviet diplomats, by now well-accustomed to confrontations with Jewish organizations over the treatment of Soviet Jews, quickly devised a counterploy: they refused to accept delivery and dumped the matzoth into the laps of the U.S. Postal Service.

Postal authorities were baffled; rarely had they encountered a logistics problem of this scope. Finally, with ten tons of...

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