To eradicate the chametz

בתמונה: בדיקת חמץ של משפחת חורי מנתיבות, אמש
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Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

It's Erev Pesach. In burning the chametz this morning, before the holiday arrives (and, in years like this one, before Shabbat), it is customary to recite a noteworthy prayer. To remind ourselves that eradication of chametz from our homes is not only physical. It symbolizes our constant effort to eradicate the negative - the divisiveness among us, as well as our tensions, frustrations, and anger - and to improve ourselves and refine our character traits as Pesach begins. It seems to me that this year there is much chametz to eradicate. Here is a passage from this timely Erev Pesach prayer.

"May it be Your will, our G-d and G-d of our fathers, to have mercy upon us and save us from any violation, no matter how minor, of the chametz prohibition, during this year and every other year, all the days of our lives. And just as we have eradicated the chametz from our homes and burned it, so too will we merit to eradicate the evil inclination from within ourselves now and throughout our lives. May we, our children, and our children's children, merit to become attached to our inclination to do good and to your Torah, to fear and love You."

Amen.

Chag sameach. Have a happy holiday.

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