Thoughts & Ideas
It is, I believe, a unique synagogue congregation that can proudly state that no over- inflated egos exist among its members to pose danger to its spiritual health. For the rest of us, however, we can do no better than to follow the teaching of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in relation to Pesach and the meaning of CHAMETZ:
To quote: “Chametz and matzah are almost the same substance, containing the same ingredients of flour and water. The one key difference is that while chametz bread rises, filling itself with hot air, the matzah stays flat and humble. Thus, chametz represents that swelling of ego that enslaves the soul more than any external prison. It is for this reason that once a year on Passover, when we celebrate our freedom from slavery and our birth as a nation unto G‑d, we are extremely careful to eradicate any chametz that we may have. The flat, unpretentious matzah represents the humility, self-effacement and commitment that are the ultimate liberators, enabling us to connect to G‑d without our egos getting in the way. And that is why eating matzah on Passover is so fundamental to our faith.”
A lesson for us all – Chag Pesach Kasher V’Sameach to you and yours, and have a wonderful Seder! Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld.