Tuesday, April 6, 2010

MHP Personal Blog - Rebecca

As I’m gearing up for Passover, my favorite Jewish holiday, I’m again struck by the thoughtfulness of the Jewish calendar. Even though sometimes preparing for Passover can seem a daunting task, the act of cleaning your kitchen, scrubbing the light switches, going through the corners of your home to check for chametz, not to mention the mental preparedness of bringing new ideas to the Seder, thinking of how you will ever survive without bread for seven. whole. days., it’s also a great time to do some spring cleaning, both in actuality (the refrigerator needed a good wipe-down anyway) and metaphorically speaking.

What cobwebs can you clean out of your mental closet? It’s been a few months since we’ve all done the stock-taking that’s tradition during the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah and it’s probably safe to say that, were it not for Passover, you might not think about this kind of stuff until the fall rolls around again – I mean, the weather’s getting nicer, the days are getting longer, who wants to stay inside and clean?!

But Judaism points out that not only is it a good idea to think about the being free, it’s a commandment – to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt as if you were there and were being liberated right along with Moses. So, what are you a slave to in our modern world? Maybe it’s time to do some mental spring-cleaning of your own.

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