Pesach begins Monday night.
That’s when the first seder is. But the preparation begins before the holiday.
We clean our homes and cars and places of work. We change our year-round dishes to our Pesach dishes. We buy the foods that we’ll need for the seders and for the week of Pesach. (While I personally like the taste of matzah, we are only obligated to eat matzah at the seders; the rest of the week, while we can’t eat chametz, we don’t have to eat matzah if we don’t like it.)
But there’s more to preparing for Pesach than the cleaning and the cooking.
We also have to purify ourselves. Purifying our kitchens is required, but it’s not enough. We have to rid ourselves of the spiritual chametz in our lives no less than the physical. Passover calls to us to examine our lives and our routines and to see where we can remove some puffery, where we can burn off some meaningless and unnecessary parts, so that we can get back down to the basics of life, and give them our full focus.
May you be blessed with true freedom this Pesach, and may your holiday be filled with joy!
Rabbi Steven Schwarzman