Lechem Oni / Matzah



Matzah is the paradox
at the heart of Passover.

At the center of our Passover feast,
this poor bread, lechem oni, scatters crumbs everywhere.

We place it among mounds of food:
poverty in the midst of plenty.
Now who among us has seen that?

Surely God called us out of Egypt
For something better.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

2 thoughts on “Lechem Oni / Matzah”

  1. 5 Wendy|May 27, 2009 Some kind of daily application/lifestyle book would be great…covering tihngs like prayer, praise, worship, as well as understanding the symbolism we sadly miss, due to our lack of context. I would love a series of short studies as well. I use “Listening to the Language of the Bible” as a devotional in my classes (I’m a college professor), and my students love it. They are getting a fresh look at the Bible in a way they have never experienced. The lessons are short enough to fit into the beginning of class, but meaty enough for us all to take something of value.Thanks for all you do. I love your heart and your contribution to helping believers better understand their faith.

  2. Matzah and the exodus is the very source of the “something better”. It was only thru the exodus that Jews with the guidance of the Torah were able to begin creating awareness of the inherent value of all men as having been created in the image of God. Egyptian morality assigned relative value to human beings based on their social class. Judaism is THE source (pre Islam, pre Christiantity) for the doctrine of the inherent value and sanctity of human life. This is what matzah and Passover symbolize.

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