A Bread of Brokenness

Next week begins Passover, an ancient biblical festival which commemorates the Lord’s redemption of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery (Exodus 12). Alongside Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread will be observed as well. For seven days, Jews will only eat “matza”, a dry, salt-less, cracker-like bread containing no yeast. Beyond the dietary restrictions, all forms of fermenting leaven must be removed from the premises of the Jewish people.