MOP N' GLO
Passover is only two weeks away and, hopefully, many of us have begun our spring cleaning and the process of ridding our homes of chometz (that leavened food which one is forbidden to partake of and possess on Passover).
Passover is only two weeks away and, hopefully, many of us have begun our spring cleaning and the process of ridding our homes of chometz (that leavened food which one is forbidden to partake of and possess on Passover). Our catharsis for the holiday is climaxed by the B'dikat Chometz, a ritualistic ceremony on the eve of Passover in which we search our homes by candlelight for any remaining specks of chometz. Our rabbis tell us that one of the symbolic and mystical meanings of chometz is that of evil. In light of this interpretation, the symbolism of the B'dikat Chometz ceremony takes on a whole new meaning. We are not just searching for chometz, but we are also soul searching. Once a year we cleanse ourselves and our surroundings of all evil before the advent of a new and refreshing spring.
In a sense, the search for chometz is representative of the history of our people. How many times throughout history has the Jewish nation found themselves amidst darkness and gloom, enveloped by evil? But each time, with Divine help, we have managed to start with a light, however small, to search out and destroy evil. Although evil is always found somewhere, it is our duty to chase after it and eliminate it forever.
This is one of the lessons of Passover. Yes, we ask questions, drink lots of wine, and invite the family over, but we must never forget that all of these things follow an earnest act of cleaning. It is a continuos cleansing process until the Pharaohs, Hamans, and Hitlers of the world will become permanently amputated in the catacombs of time.
Benyamin Cohen, a native Atlantan, is currently a sophomore at Georgia State University.
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