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Entry from April 22, 2016
“What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?"/"A matzochist.”

A popular Passover joke is:

Q: What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?
A: A matzochist.


The “matzochist” (matzo + masochist) joke has been cited in print since at least 1998.


Wikipedia: Matzo
Matzo, matza or matzah (Yiddish: ‎ מצה Hebrew: מַצָּה‎; plural matzot; matzos, matzus of Ashkenazi Hebrew dialect) is an unleavened flatbread that is part of Jewish cuisine and forms an integral element of the Passover festival, during which chametz (leaven and five grains that, per Jewish Law, can be leavened) is forbidden.

Matzo that is kosher for Passover is limited to plain matzo made from flour and water in Ashkenazi tradition. The flour may be whole grain or processed grain, but must be either wheat, spelt, barley, rye, or oat. Sephardic tradition also allow eggs to be used.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Bread of affliction
Pierre Abbat
4/17/98
What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?
A matzochist.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak: 4-28-00
Stan Kegel
4/29/00
(...)
What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction? A matzochist. (Pierre Abbat)

Google Books
Broken for You
By Stephanie Kallos
New York, NY: Grove Press
2004
Pg. 251:
“What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?” Bruce asked.
(...)
“A ‘matzochist’!”

15 March 2007, Washington Jewish Week (Gaithersburg, MD), “Making Passover palatable” by Richard Greenberg, pg. 31:
A sample of Passover-inspired levity, courtesy of Jacob: What do psychologists call someone who gets pleasure from eating matzah?

Answer: A matzochist.

Google Books
Oy Vey: More!:
The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes, Part 2

By David Minkoff
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press
2008
Pg. 316:
Another Passover riddle
Q: What do we call a person who enjoys eating the bread of affliction?
A: A matzochist.

Twitter
AllezFrance
‏@AllezFrance
@rblechman Q:What doyou call someone who derives pleasure rom the bread of affliction? A: A matzochist.
9:35 AM - 8 Apr 2009

Twitter
Gregg Brettschneider
‏@supertweeting
Q: What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?
A: A matzochist.  Happy Passover!
1:48 PM - 8 Apr 2009

Google Books
A Mishmash of Miscellany
By Tony Zendle
Lulu Publishing (Lulu.com)
2015
Pg. 75:
Q: What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?
A: A matzochist.

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