The holiday of Passover (Pesach) is one of the most frequently talked about and remembered stories for the Jewish people. It is widely considered to be one of the “backbones” of Judaism. From a young age, Jews are taught to always have in mind the exodus from Egypt, where they were slaves. In essence, Passover is a holiday celebrating freedom.
One of the symbols of freedom is matzah – unleavened flatbread. Matzah is an integral part of the Passover holiday, in which Jews eat it at the Passover Seder (ritual feast). The story, in short, goes like this: the Jews were preparing bread for the exodus journey but did not have enough time to wait for the dough to rise. As a result, matzah was created and taken by the Jews when they left (hastily) from Egypt. It is therefore a commemoration of the exodus to freedom.
However, matzah does not only symbolize freedom. In Hebrew, matzah is known as “lechem oni” – poor man’s bread. Now, this symbolism is meant as a reminder to stay humble and not to forget what life was like as slaves, much like a poor person would lead his/her life (staying humble).
Fortunately, Jewish people are no longer slaves in today’s world. But, matzah is still considered as a poor man’s bread. There’s just one problem with this. Though matzah is a poor man’s bread, most poor people cannot even afford a box of matzah in order to celebrate Passover. They try to stay humble, but how can they when the symbolic food (matzah) cannot even be purchased by them?
We Can Help the Poor Jewish Families
Yad Ezra V’Shulamit therefore started a “Matzah” campaign. Thousands of Jews across Israel desperately need help this Passover. For only $10, you can help fund a 1 kilogram box of matzah to a family in need. Let’s help these families regain their symbolic freedom this holiday!
For more information on our matzah campaign, click here.