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BAS Rabbi's Message

March, 2013

Both the Jewish holiday of Passover and the Christian celebration of Easter come at the onset of spring—a time when we prepare and look towards a future physical and spiritual rebirth.  Christians prepare for their holy week, the time when they believe Jesus died and was resurrected, by a process of spiritual introspection during Lent.  The Lenten season is a time for reflection; abstaining from meat and giving up physical indulgences is meant to prepare the faithful and to teach spiritual discipline.  The external and physical is meant to pave the way for the spiritual.

Jews, for our part, adopt a similar approach during Passover.  We remove bread from our lives to promote a spiritual process.  In antiquity, before commercial yeast, bread rose only through the process of natural fermentation.  A small amount of dough, left out, attracted microbes that helped the bread to rise, giving it a mildly sour taste.  In fact, the word chametz which we use to describe all leaven goods, literally means sour.  Vinegar and pickles both share the same Hebrew root, reminding of this natural fermentation process.

Our sages, looking at this natural process, wondered why we remove chametz from our lives.  They suggested two reasons: first, chametz  is risen,  and puffy—representing an over estimated sense of self and an ego that needs to be brought into control.  We remove the chametz from our homes to teach us that we should embrace—at least for a week—the humility and modesty symbolized by the matzah.  And chametz is sour—a reminder that we should, as best we can, try to embrace cheerfulness, as we recite in the Shabbat service darcheyha darchey noam ve’chol netivoteyha shalom:  “Torah’s ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” 

This year, as Jews and Christians around the world prepare for the spring, let us strive to create pathways of peace and understanding.  May the physical work of the holiday—the cooking and cleaning, the abstaining from bread—be a pathway to a spiritually fulfilling life, a season filled with family and friends, and above all, spiritual growth. 

Best wises for a Happy Passover and a Sweet Spring.

Rabbi Stein