Monday, April 11, 2011

The Mitzvot of Pesach - Not eating Chametz


The Torah's tenth mitzvah, as counted by the Sefer haChinuch, prohibits eating mixtures which contain chametz on Pesach. In addition to actual bread and cake, this includes foods of which some small part is leavened grain; the Torah instructs us to stay far away from leaven on Pesach.

This care may teach us a lesson regarding laziness, the year-round equivalent of chametz. Chametz results when a baker is slow to process his dough; when we are slow to perform a mitzvah, the resultant loss of the opportunity is considered chametz at any time of year. Just as we avoid any product with the slightest bit of chametz on Pesach, so we should avoid any degree of laziness all year long.

Have a great day,

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