I hope that you had wonderful seders. This year at my seder we talked about how the Matzah actually symbolizes two things. When we first take it out we say HaLachma Anya, this is the bread of poverty or this is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in Egypt. Matzah was not just the bread that our ancestors ate on the night of the first Passover or in the days after they left, but it was also the bread that they ate every day when they were slaves.
But since they also ate Matzah the day they left Egypt, Matzah is also the bread of freedom. How can this simple, flat bread, symbolize both slavery and freedom?
Well we all know that two people can look at the same picture, taste the same food, smell the same scent and have completely different experiences. One sees beauty, the other sees ugliness. One tastes something delicious, the other tastes something vile. One smells something sweet, the other smells something rotten.
The Matzah was the same, and the Israelites were the same Israelites, but something changed. Their mindset changed. As slaves the Matzah was a slave like them, but as free people, the Matzah was free like them.
The way that we understand the things that we experience are not set in stone, unless our minds are set in stone. But if we can have an open mind, if we can change, then we can reexperience the same thing, but in a completely different way.
The Israelites changed, from slaves to free people. It took a while, but they did. Here’s to wishing you an open mind and a moment of change this Pesach.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Same’ach