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).
During Passover, we eat matzah.
Our family enjoys Passover and loves the beautiful and rich seder that happens in Jewish homes around the world each year on this High Holiday. For 7 days we consume no leaven and we think about the symbolism of leaven (sin) in our own lives.
We would love for you to check out our family Passover Guide if you are interested in beginning some of these traditions in your home. It is filled with living books, recipes, and history about Passover to help your family celebrate together.
Making Matzah is fun!
There are two types of matzah textures. One is a soft matzah very much like a tortilla. If you would like to make a matzah more typical of the cracker type sold in boxes can try an oven baked version. it is also very simple. half our family enjoys soft and others like the cracker type.