What Needs to Be Removed Prior to Passover and Unleavened Bread?

1 year ago

Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
Exodus 12:15

There are two Hebrew words in this verse that define what you need to remove from your home for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread: chometz and seor. Chometz is leavened bread. Seor is leaven, specifically the yeast starter used to leaven bread dough before cooking. Leavening, in this context, refers to the fermentation process of live yeast in bread dough. Some people remove all leavening agents (yeast and chemical) and their by-products from their home, while others remove only yeast-leavened bread and any starter dough. My personal interpretation is somewhere in the middle: I remove all non-distilled, yeast-fermented grain products. If you're going to keep the Feast, then you need to read the Scriptures for yourself and make your own decisions.

Exodus 12-13
Leviticus 23
Numbers 28
Deuteronomy 16

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