The Feast of Unleavened Bread

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This week is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The first year we honored the feast, my husband and I frantically called around trying to find a restaurant where a meal was yeast free…

Grocery shopping was quite the experience. The ingredient list on the back of of nearly every product contained yeast. I can remembering lamenting that “Everything is full of yeast! Yeast is everywhere!”

Sin is everywhere.

That is the point of the feast. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is meant to heighten our spiritual sensitivity to sin. Our first celebration was incredibly enlightening. We all felt a little bit more spiritual by the time the feast was over, and we were thinner too. You can only gain so much weight on Matzah.

Our diets have changed over the last few years. We simply don’t eat as much bread as we used to. Ezekiel bread is the only “bread” brought into our home. So, the feast is less of a challenge now. We have also grown spiritually, which helps.

This week we’ve avoided the croissants from the cozy French baker downstairs.. During the feast, croissants are replaced with prayer and an acknowledgement that the world is full of yeast… and sin.