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In This Issue
By Modya Silver, Co-President
Today is the third day of Passover. That means that by the time you read this you should have sobered up from drinking eight glasses of wine and had your fill of matzah, maror and many other things that are an assault on our bodies. Also, it’s only one month after we over-loaded our bodies at Purim by over-drinking.
It’s funny that many of our Holy Days seem to be laced with extreme measures and yet our teachings from the Mussar tradition preach moderation and finding the middle way. This dichotomy seems to run through everything we do in life and provides an interesting point of reflection for us in developing our character traits.
It is well known and easily understood that matzah represents the middah [trait] of humility. Compared to the fancy, inflated breads that take four or five adjectives to describe (like multi-grain seeded artisan fig and olive, for example), the humble matzah is simple and unpretentious, admirable qualities for a human being as well.
The matzah I am eating this year holds special significance because my own eyes observed it being made, baked and packaged. The Olympics were coming to my hometown of Vancouver, promising crowds, traffic and mayhem. What an excellent time to make my first visit to Israel in 42 years. And there I was able to fulfill the mitzvah of observing matzah being made.
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