Sunday, March 29, 2015

On Pesach The Door Is Opened

"On the first two nights of Pesach the door is opened." [Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 480]

Our Sages state: "That which He does, He commands His children to do." [Shemos Rabbah 30:9, Yerushalmi, Rosh HaShanah 1:3]   Since G-d commands us to open the doors on the nights of Pesach, it is obvious that He does so Himself.

This means that on the nights of Pesach, G-d opens all the doors and portals for each and every Jew [see Pirkei d'Rebbe Elazar ch 32: 'The treasures of Divine dew are opened on this night']. 

No matter what our actions were during the past year, we are then all able to attain the most lofty and rare spiritual heights, in a manner of "Pesach"  and "leaping" infinitely higher than anything we have ever previously attained. [the deeper meaning of the word "pesach" is 'to leap over']

[From a sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe - second night of Pesach 5711 - Likutei Sichos Vol. IV, p.1298]


Anonymous said...

On the first night of Pesach, we don't have to say the kriat Shma because H' is watching over His kinder as He did at y'tziat Mitzraim when the Yehudim were secure in their homes that night and their houses were passed over. May He answer all our tefilot and bakashot l'tov.

Anonymous said...

>>[the deeper meaning of the word "pesach" is 'to leap over']<< and another meaning of Mitzraim (Egypt) is a constricted or narrow place. The places we are stuck in our lives.

Lechatchilah Ariber: The Rebbe Maharash is famous to say One must go (leap) over the top to begin with, as the first choice. I.e., ordinary people expect to encounter obstacles, and they look for ways to get around them. But the Rebbe Maharash acted as if obstacles did not exist in the first place.

"However, another approach taken by the kabbalists is that pesach is a time to come out of personal
slavery. This slavery manifests itself in us not being able to change our bad characteristics; from
laziness to pride and from slacking off in keeping Mitsvot to addictions in general. Pesach is a time
when Hashem gives us a free ride and enables a person to leap from the lowest level to as a high a level
as he/she likes. This is the deeper meaning of the word “pesach” which means to leap over. A person at
this time is able to leap over the many levels and attain as high a level as he would like in one shot!"

Anonymous said...

Interesting link...

We read that Abraham saw a ram caught in a thicket by it's horns. Here we see it can happen, even today...