What Can I say…they go together…so I combined days…besides…Shabbat!

And enjoy the 4 Questions ear worm  :>

To live our fullest lives–to establish life, free from what enslaves us in our own, internal Egypt–we need both Chametz and Matzah.  We often talk about chametz as being the stuff we need to get rid of entirely, but I don’t think that’s true; I think chametz, gets a bad rap.  If chametz were all that bad, we wouldn’t eat it the rest of the year.

Chametz is just the stuff that isn’t in itself bad,but that we need to let go of for a little while, in order to enable ourselves to experience the exodus.  The purpose of the seder is for us to determine what that means to us at this time.  This is the night on which we choose freedom–and figure out what we need to do differently to get there.  The seder is all about doing things differently…perhaps it is partly the difference that gives us the ability to figure it all out.  And figure out what’s the chametz in our lives that’s holding us back.

Matzah is the stuff that will keep us going until we get there.  It’s not as satisfying.  Its not as interesting.  But it gives us what we need to get through.

And then, once we’re free, we can go back to the chametz–and maybe it tastes a little bit different.  Maybe those first bites are amazing, but then we realize that we don’t need it as much as we thought we did.  But, as we shape our lives in freedom, we figure out how it fits into our lives in this new way.  With new flavor.  And perhaps with new purpose.


About rabbiisa

I'm a Reform Rabbi with a passion for education! I'm also a pop culture fan, political junkie, and NY Times crossword puzzle addict. I am INTP, a proud member of Red Sox Nation, and a fan of the Oxford Comma.

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