The 7 week period between Passover and Shavuot is a powerful span of time, which empowers us to refine our lives and elevate our souls. The spectrum of human emotions divide into 49 different attributes, each one corresponding to one day in this 49-day period, which begins this coming Thursday night, April 9th.
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“Whoever avoids even a drop of Chometz on Pesach is guaranteed not to sin the entire year.” The Kotzker adds, “Whoever doesn’t do aveiros the whole year will be saved from even a drop of Chometz on Pesach!”
Shortly before Sreifas Chametz we will all run around frantically getting the last crumbs of Chametz out of our house. Many people also floss and brush their teeth to get out the remaining chametz.
On Pesach we are very careful what we put into our mouths after we’ve cleaned it. We should also maintain its cleanliness by keeping all our lashon hara locked up in our brain without letting it escape into our mouth and making it chametzdik. After all, we spent so much time cleaning it.
“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”
The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.
R’ Pinchas said: “‘You will observe the feast of unleavened bread’ (Exodus 12:17). Here the word for unleavened bread is matzot, which is spelled the same as mitzvoth: commandments. Thus, Rashi, quoting Mekhilta, tells us that just as one may not permit the matzot to ferment, one may not permit the mitzvot to ferment. Just as matzah which has been permitted to ferment may not be used, and one who eats it is punishable by karet—being cut off from his people, so, too, is there a severe punishment for one who allows a mitzvah to ferment and does not perform it at its proper time”
Abundance and blessing come into the world through the tzaddik, for the tzaddik has the ‘hands’ to receive them. These hands are his love and fear of G-d, and he must watch them carefully so that the accusers will not steal them away.