The holiday of Passover is fast approaching, and if we're not too careful it might pass right by us. Year after year, Passover comes over the horizon as we begin our spring cleaning and finding out which relatives will be coming to town.
The holiday of Passover is fast approaching, and if we're not too careful it might pass right by us. Year after year, Passover comes over the horizon as we begin our spring cleaning and finding out which relatives will be coming to town. One of the main features of this pre-Passover rush is the inimitable search for chametz, those leavened food products which are forbidden to us on Passover. We take our magnifying glasses and search every nook and cranny of the house, making sure that no remnant of chametz is left. In trying to keep up with the Schwartzes we all want to have the cleanest and most impeccable home for Passover. But perhaps we are all forgetting something - something that is very crucial.
In our search for the physical bread crumbs which dust our homes, we tend to forget to clean the most important part - our soul. The mitzvah to search for chametz should not only be taken literally, but we must also realize that we all have chametz within ourselves, those bad habits which contaminate our Jewish soul. Each and every one of us must search within ourselves: What have I done wrong this year? How can I be a better Jew? Before it is too late, we need to clean ourselves for Passover. We need to take an inventory of our deeds and dust away those which are not proper. It is a race against time. Will we be ready?
Benyamin Cohen, a native Atlantan and alumnus of Yeshiva Atlanta, is a sophomore at Georgia State University.
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