My dear Readers, Friends, Brothers and Sisters, and the occasional Critic (you know who you are :-),
I continue to appreciate you taking the time to visit this blog and read my thoughts, and your comments and emails. With the coming of the holy days of Pesach (Passover), the season of redemption, I fervently hope and pray that indeed the words of our holy gedolim (masters and sages) are true and we merit to see the immediate geulah (complete redemption) and Moshiach, literally now.
Starting tonight I will be focused fully upon the holiday preparations with my family. As the great and holy sage, the Rebbe Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berdichev said, on Rosh Hashanah we have the holy sounds of the shofar (ram's horn) that become the malachim (angels) that stand before the heavenly throne for us, along with our tefillah (prayer), tzedakah (charity, it's not too late, click here!), and t'shuva (repentence/return).
But what do we have on Pesach (Passover)? We have our cleaning, our scrubbing, our preparing, our hard work ridding our homes of chametz (leavened products) before the holiday. Those are the mitzvot, the angels that stand for us on Pesach.
As Hassidus teaches, chametz (leavened products) are not only found on our shelves, but also in our heart. On Pesach we must rid ourselves of our puffed up ego, our over-importance, our focus on ourselves.
Tonight, by candlelight I will be searching, together with my children, for any chametz we may have missed in our home. Hopefully (and with help from above) none will be found (or at least we won't miss any that is there, having some small children some is always found). Afterwards I will be searching myself. Hashem Yazo! (G-d should help) There I will need a shovel to try to even start cleaning out.
May Hashem (G-d) grant you a Kosher, free of chametz both physically and spiritually, and Happy Pesach (Passover), and may it be the ultimate Pesach, the Pesach of the final Geulah!
Please note that during Chol Hamoed (the intermediate days of the holiday) I don't plan to be making written posts, following the stringency of not writing during those days (hmm, is typing on a computer writing, maybe not in actuality but certainly in spirit), though I may try some Audio posts. If you see untitled posts, that's what they are. G-d willing, I will return to my usual volume of posting on May 3rd.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
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