Pesach greetings 5775

There’s very little difference between matzah and chametz. They’re both made of flour and water, both cooked in an oven. The difference between the two is tiny but very important. To get chametz, all one has to do is let the dough be. The natural yeasts in the air consume the sugars in the flour, and gradually the dough rises. No human action required. For matzah however, careful observance and action is needed. The flour and water must be mixed and prepared in exactly the right measures for precisely the right durations, with a very specific time in the oven. Matzah, unlike chametz, requires intensely deliberate intention.

So too is it with holiness and freedom. We can go about life with little forethought, living happily by the influences of the world around us, reacting to all we can encounter. To bring in holiness requires pause for awareness of what is happening around us, and precise words of blessing for elevating the moment. And freedom: freedom comes only when we take full control of life and set our own path.

May you and yours have a sweet and healthy Pesach. May you all find freedom in your lives, and may this coming year overflow with holiness.

Chag Kasher V’Sameiach.

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David Vaisberg, originally from Montreal and Mississauga, Canada, serves as Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of Edison, NJ and lives in Metuchen, NJ with his family.

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