- Motzi Matzah
- The Bread of Affliction and Food of our Healing:
#7. Motzi Matzah:
Eating Matzah. Taking hold of the three matzot (with the broken one between the two whole ones), recite the customary blessing before bread. Then, letting the bottom matzah drop back onto the plate, and holding the top whole matzah with the broken middle one, recite the special blessing, “al achilat matzah.” Then break at least one ounce from each matzah and eat the two pieces together, while reclining.
“Blessed are You Lord, our G-d, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.”
“Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh haólam, ha’motzi lechem min ha’aretz.”
“Blessed are You Adonai, Eloheinu, King of the universe, who sanctifies us with His commandments, and commands us to eat matzah.”
“Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh haólam, asher kideshanu be’mitzvotav ve’tzivanu al achilat matzah.”
The Bread of Affliction and Food of our Healing:
Matzah is called the bread of affliction but it is also called by the sages the “food of healing.” What is it that is both a bread of affliction and the food of our healing? It is only the bread of the affliction of Messiah that is food for ‘our’ healing. In our afflictions we are powerless to effect the perfect righteousness that Adonai desires to reside in all our hearts, souls, minds and bodies. However, the bread of Messiah’s affliction is sufficiently powerful to permanently cleanse us and effect perfect healing for our souls. Therefore, when we eat this bread we profess the power of Messiah’s bread of affliction (sacrificial death) that is sufficient to (save) heal our souls; until He comes again, to heal our bodies as well!