Updated: May 29, 2020
Jesus replied,“A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean." - John 13:10a (NLT)
A couple weeks ago, I made a vow that I was going to do a traditional seder for myself on Passover. I had done traditional Passover meals with friends and family in the past and had always enjoyed them. But because of the lock down, I chose to do one all by myself. I researched the best ways to prepare the meal and all the things I needed to do to get ready for Passover - including fasting and removing all yeast from my home. Finally, I went out and bought everything I would need to make the meal for myself. I got the meat, the kosher matzo, and the bitter herbs. I was all set to go.
Finally, Passover morning rolled around. I woke up out of bed as normal and started my "fast." My husband made coffee as he usually does. I was doing my normal routine when I noticed a whole loaf of bread still sitting out on the counter. "Oh no!" I thought. "It's Passover, and I completely forgot to get rid of that!" But it didn't take me long to realize that I had actually forgotten to get rid of all the yeast out of my house. I had been so preoccupied working at my church and preparing for Easter, that I had completely failed to remove the yeast.There was still bread in my cabinets. There was still frozen pizzas in my freezer. There was still... well... yeast... in my pantry. Also, by this point, the smell of the coffee was really tempting me!
I tried to justify it in my mind. "Well," I thought, "It's too late to get rid of everything now. I will just make sure not to eat anything with yeast in it today... Oh," I added, "I will still fast until this evening, but coffee will be excluded from that!"