Matzah is a paradox. On the one hand, it is “the bread of poverty that slaves ate.” On the other, it is the bread the Israelites baked as they fled Egypt. So is it the food of slaves or of free people? Perhaps both. The matzah is a piece of slavery our ancestors carried into freedom, a part of their past they wouldn’t leave behind. Sometimes the present’s insecurity and the future’s uncertainty causes us to anxiously cling to parts of who we once were. But remember: matzah has a unique way of weighing us down. Ever wonder why the Israelites kept asking to return to Egypt? In some ways, slavery never fully left them. The more space we give to our past, the less able we are to move toward our future.
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