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BAS Rabbi's Message

April, 2014

One of the great spiritual innovations of the Hasidim of the 18th and 19th centuries was to create allegorical readings of the Torah that made it continually relevant. Sometimes, it is challenging to understand the hard work that goes into preparing for Jewish holidays, especially Passover. Why clean every nook and cranny? Shlep dishes from the basement? Cook for hours? Surely tradition and family are compelling reasons for the continuation of ritual, but without spiritual meaning traditions will not likely endure. The Hassidic reading of Passover, though, can help motivate meaningful observance.

Why do we remove all leaven from our house? In antiquity, bread was able to rise because of natural yeasts; dough was left to sit and the natural lactic acid bacteria would cause the bread to ride. This process--souring--gave naturally-risen bread its characteristic sour taste. When the Torah bans hametz, which we translate as leaven, it is actually prohibiting this natural, but timely, souring process in breads. The Israelites did not have time for their bread to rise--to allow the natural fermentation to occur.

The Hasidic Masters suggested that the process of searching for hametz was meant not only to be a physical search for traces of leavening agents, but also a spiritual search for those things which embitter our own lives and relationships. The preparation for Passover is meant to be a time of both spiritual and personal cleansing. We the physical cleaning is meant to prompt a deeper spiritual search: what are the behaviors that embitter our lives? In what ways have pride, ego, and anger limited the richness of our relationships? How has insecurity or envy gotten in the way of appreciating the success of others? How has fear limited personal accomplishment? What steps can we take to prepare not just our homes but our souls for the great feast of freedom?

This month, as we prepare for Passover, may we find the work meaningful, and may we be blessed with a holiday filled with family, friends, and memories new and old!

Dena, Miri, and I wish you all a Chag Kasher ve Sameach (A happy and kosher holiday). Rabbi Daniel

Rabbi Stein