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A Passover Insight

by Reb Aharon Rubin, author of Eye to the Infinite

A thought I heard yesterday in a Shabbos HaGadol droshoh with an addition.

The three matsos we place under the Keoroh correspond to the three important groups in Klal Yisroel: Cohen, Levi, Yisroel.

They can also be seen to represent the three parts of time: past, present and future.

The Matsos corresponding to the past and future we leave whole; the past has been, as the Ibn ezra says: העבר אין- it is no longer; what was, was.

The future : העתיד עדיין - the future is still to come, that too is not within our control; we pray and hope for the best but that is not our arena.

It is the present now that concerns us most, the trials and tribulations of the moment.

This is the middle Matsoh. We break that in half, leaving half on the table, the לחם עוני - the bread of affliction, and half is put away - צפון - for the future.

Our trials and tribulations, our לחם עוני - bread of affliction, is our main purpose in life. We place it on the table to say, this is our main work, all the trials are heaven-sent, and how we respond to them, becomes our Afikoman, the צפון, the שכר put away in the other world.

My added suggestion: we break the matsoh in half to say, the present too consists of two halves; the immediate past, and immediate future. The immediate past is past, we cannot alter it, we have to look forward to the immediate future, to start again right away, to break any unwanted behaviour patterns and start from now.

Yachats! We break that middle Matsoh. What was, was. We are newly born, with a fresh Yetsias Mitrayim.

A kosheren freilichen Pesach!

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