Lessons from the Passover: The Afikomen

For good little Jewish children who sit nicely through the Passover meal, there is a fun tradition that involves a piece of matzah bread. Before the supper part – which takes place in the middle of the ceremony – the middle piece of the three pieces of matzah is taken, broken into two pieces, and the larger piece, called the afikomen,┬áis hidden in a small cloth or bag somewhere in the room. After the supper, the children get to hunt for it, and the one who finds it gets a prize, usually a piece of candy or a coin or small trinket. It’s a nice tradition that involves the children and makes the Passover a little more fun for them.

But as I’m sure you’ve guessed, there is a lot more to the tradition than just fun for the kids. Read any contemporary Jewish Passover guide, and what you’ll read about the afikomen will be about the same as what I wrote above. Modern Jews have lost sight of the meaning and purpose behind this tradition, and have brought it down to the level of a children’s game. I am guessing it is because there is unmistakable symbolism tying this tradition to Jesus Christ.


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