“For seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt. Let no yeast be found in your possession in all your land for seven days.” (Deuteronomy 16:3–4)
In preparation for Passover next Monday, the Israeli Prime Minister visited the Kfar Chabad Matzah Bakery and baked his first “homemade” matzah.
Last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu received instructions on how to make kosher-for-Passover matzah, which must be prepared quickly. To keep the dough from rising, it is not allowed to stand longer than 18 minutes.
“I will get to eat the matzah that I have baked this coming Passover and that’s quite moving for me,” Netanyahu said. “I am very excited. I wish the entire Jewish People a Happy Passover.”
Matzah is unleavened bread, a symbol of the hasty departure from Egypt and, therefore, it is a symbol of deliverance.
Because matzah is made without yeast—neither added intentionally nor naturally from the air—it also is a symbol of purity, since yeast represents the forces that entice people to sin.
It is, therefore, also a symbol of the deliverance from sin through the salvation provided by Yeshua HaMashiach (Yeshua the Messiah).
“A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.” (1 Corinthians 5:6)