Hag HaMatzot

Hag HaMatzot (The Feast of Unleavened Bread) 15th–21st of Nisan

The Feast of Unleavened Bread serves as a reminder of when the Israelites were finally freed from Egypt, they had to flee in such haste that there was no time to let the bread rise.  Instead, they left with unleavened bread.

This Feast was celebrated in New Testament times as well.  It was most likely the unleavened bread of this Feast that Yeshua broke with his disciples at His last seder, telling them that it was His body, and that they should continue to share it in remembrance of Him.

The matzah (unleavened bread) used during this feast is pierced and has stripes, reminiscent of Yeshua’s suffering.  Hametz (leaven), symbolic of sin in Scripture, is removed from every crevice of the home.  This symbolizes purification from sin, which was accomplished by Yeshua’s crucification.

During Pesach and Hag HaMatzot, only matzah can be consumed, no leavened bread.

Scriptural references:  Exodus 12:15-20, 39; Leviticus 23:6-8; Deuteronomy 16:3; Luke 22:7; Acts 20:6; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8