For centuries the Jewish people waited for the day they would be freed from Egypt. When the time finally came they had to leave immediately in order to seize the opportunity for freedom. There was no time to even bake bread for the journey and it is the abstinence from leavened bread, in Hebrew Chametz, that symbolizes the exodus from Egypt. From the Hebrew word, Chametz, comes the word HaChmatza, which means to miss an opportunity.
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