What Does Matzah Mean?

A nation of Kohanim, priests, what does this signify?

HaRav Avigdor Miller zts"l

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What does matzah mean?

The Kohanim eat Menachos (the Mincha offering).

"Lo saiafa chametz": a Mincha cannot be Chametz.

All the Menachos from which the Kohanim bring a Kometz (three fingers-full) on the Mizbeiach (altar) have to be Matzah--not Chametz. There are Menachos that are Chametz, but not those that come on the Mizbeiach.

There is never a Mincha of Chametz.

Now Menachos are different than other offerings.

Other Korbanos (offerings) are sometimes  eaten by the owners. The Mincha is eaten only by Kohanim because a Mincha is Kodesh Kadoshim (Holy of Holies). One of the significances of Matzah is that Hashem elevated our nation to the level of Kohanim in his eyes at that time: “Atem tihiyu li mamleches kohanim v’goy kadosh.--You are to Me a nation of Kohanim.”

All year round we can eat Chametz, but once a year we have to remind ourselves that we are chosen for this function, to be Kohanim of G-d: "Atem kohanei Hashem," Yeshaya Hanavi says: You shall be called Kohanei Hashem.

Therefore we eat Matzah; we are a nation of Kohanim. It’s a demonstration that we are devoted to Avodas Hashem. That’s our job.

What does that mean?

A Kohen is not a farmer, he doesn’t have any land.

A Kohen does nothing except serve Hashem.

That’s what a Ben Yisrael is supposed to be. Sometimes in addition to his service of Hashem, he has some profession, or some way of earning an income, too. But his main job in life is: he serves Hashem.

We’re reminded of this when we eat matzos on Pesach.

How do you become Kohanim and eat Matzah with the privilege of Kehuna? How are we elevated to that great status that the entire nation is Mamleches Kohanim, Kingdom of Priests?

It’s only because of the difficulties we endured in Egypt. Hah Lachma Anya, This is the Bread of affliction, the Matzos that we ate in Mitzrayim.

That caused us to have a wave of gratitude in our hearts that washed us up on the shores of Torah and Avodas Hashem, the service of G-d.

(Tape #638, Pesach, Matzah and Maror)