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Overview of Yom Tov: Pesach

Rochel Gross

The Yom Tov we all know as “Pesach” actually has a different name in the Torah. The Torah calls it Chag HaMatzos, in praise of Klal Yisrael, who left Mitzrayim with nothing to eat but a scant few matzos and followed Hashem into the desert with a great deal of emunah.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The word Pesach is also a combination of two words: peh (mouth) and sach (talk). Throughout the year, when we are full of chometz — puffed up with pride and vanity — we are instructed to live by the dictum, “Speak little; do much.” But on Pesach, after we have done a thorough bedikas chometz, we are told, “Whoever relates more about Yetziyas Mitzrayim, is worthy of praise.” This is the one time of year when we are actually encouraged to talk! It is a big mitzvah to recount the enormous nissim we merited, and sing praises and thanks to Hashem.

 

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