“I’m going to bake matzos this year….We’ll see how it goes,” said Behr Manischewitz. One bright spring morning in 1888, a young immigrant father named Behr makes this offhand announcement to his modest wife, Nesha. Within record time, the ambitious young Talmudic scholar has a burgeoning bakery and is on his way to success. But the years go by and the growing family is ever more complicated, colorful — and sometimes explosive. In this extraordinary journey, Professor Jonathan Sarna takes us back to the European roots of a remarkable family who crossed the ocean from Lithuania with little baggage but their religious faith and a young man’s ambitions.

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