When we begin the seder the matzah is lechem oni—the bread of affliction.
By the middle of the seder, the matzah has become the afikomen—the dessert we seek and long for.
The transformation starts as we lift up the three matzot, break the middle matzah and call, “This is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry come and eat.”
As we acknowledge the suffering and brokenness that exists in us and in our world and reach out from this place to make connections, to share who we are and what we have to offer, the matzah goes from being the bread of poverty to being the bread of connection, hope and faith.