Passover starts before Passover. At least in most Jewish homes it does. There is cleaning to do, searching for chametz and all of the preparations to be made in our pantries, etc. I love it. I am a fun loving and adventurous person who also really likes traditions and going back through similar things year after year. Every year, I find God prompting me in new ways, challenging me, and helping guide me to be more and more like Him. It isn't always easy, but it is always worthwhile.
One of the ways our family finds even more meaning in Passover is to make food together (well, we always find it meaningful to make food together). My boys love making matzah with me. While we make our matzah, I share with them about how our Messiah was "striped" as He was beaten and how He was pierced and blood and water flowed from His side.
It is my prayer that these tender moments in our kitchen will mark their hearts for eternity.
So what exactly is matzah?
Matzah is the unleavened bread described by the Lord in Exodus.
"In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread." Exodus 12: 18-20
You don't have to make matzah, you can absolutely buy the boxed stuff at the store. We just enjoy it (and think it tastes way better).
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If you would like to make a matzah more typical of the cracker type sold in boxes, you can try an oven baked version. It is also very simple. Half our family enjoys the soft type and the other half likes the cracker type.
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If you are looking for more enjoyable activities and ways to celebrated Passover as a family, please check out our Passover Guide!
Chag Sameach, friends!