Passover Preparations

With Passover (Pesach) beginning the evening of April 10th, 2017, entire families are preparing for this important celebration. God gave a commandment to the children of Israel, throughout their generations, to celebrate (Exodus 12:14). In preparation, God told them to remove leaven (yeast) from their homes before Passover begins (Exodus 12:15). Families today look in every nook and cranny to find any traces of bread with yeast; they even search their cars!

Prior to passover, all leaven is removed from the home

Prior to passover, all leaven is removed from the home

In the Bible, yeast symbolizes sin. Yeast consumes sugar and that is what causes dough to rise. It really doesn’t take much yeast to make that happen. Yeast is so pervasive that if dough is left on the counter, yeast will attach to the surface of the dough and work its way throughout the entire loaf.

Yeast is quite a visual when we recognize that it symbolizes sin. While yeast eats away at the sugars in the dough and spreads throughout the entire loaf; sin also eats away at us and keeps us away from God.

“A little leaven (yeast) leavens the whole lump of dough.”  (Galatians 5:9)

Looking for a Passover Seder to attend? Consider this one--open to the public, but advanced reservations are a must! There is a waiting list at this time. Email Deby@BenDavidMJC.org to put your name on the waiting list.