Thursday, April 05, 2012

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Chassidus of Passover in Simple Terms

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

I was asked to explain some chassidus of Passover to a new baalat teshuva, in Hebrew.  While I’ve developed somewhat of a working street Hebrew, this was a challenge with my limited Hebrew vocabulary and her limited Jewish knowledge.  Here’s what I said (translated to English)…

Bread is puffed up.  While it started simple, it became something special and important.  A person and his ego is similar.  He starts simple, but as he grows up his ego puffs up and he considers himself something important.

Matzah is flat.  It starts the same as the bread, but remains simple and flat.

We learn from the matzah of Passover that we must do the same before HaKodesh Baruch Hu and with each other.  We cannot let ourselves puff up, let our ego take over.  No matter what our abilities or position, it’s all a gift from Hashem.

Then we are worthy to be redeemed by Hashem.

That’s the chassidic lesson of Passover.

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