Passover Thoughts: The real meaning of the Matzah Bag

The real meaning of the Matzah Bag
Part 1 of 7

There is a container for the Passover Matzah or unleavened bread called a “Matzah-tash” or a matzah bag. The interesting feature about the matzah-bag is that it has 3 compartments for 3 pieces of matzah.

Some rabbis say the 3 matzah’s represent the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Other rabbis say it represents the Priests, the Levites and the rest of the people of Israel; or the depiction of 3 crowns, learning, priesthood, and kingship; or the 3 measures of a fine meal which Sarah prepared for Abraham’s angelic guests in Genesis 18.

In fact there are even more theories and no agreement as to which is right.

None of the Rabbis theories make much sense and here is why.
During the Passover meal, the middle piece of matzah from the middle pocket is taken out and we break it in half.

It is quite obvious to me that this matzah does not represent Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I believe that this middle matzah called the Afikoman, represents the Messiah. It is made from unleavened bread- remember lack of leaven represents lack of sin, just as Jesus was sinless.

And it is striped and pierced. The Prophet Isaiah said of the Messiah in Ch. 53 vs. 5, “He was pierced through for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities and by his stripes we are healed.”

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