חמץ ומצה

Shavua Tov. I returned at 1:30 before Shabbat. Good to be back.

The Parsha today spoke a great deal about חמץ and מצה and their significance. The של״ה הקודש points out that the letters in both words are exactly the same except for the ה in מצה and the ח in חמץ. The explanation is that the ח represents haughtiness and the ה humility.

This is a huge lesson in life where it is easy to get carried away with oneself and give in to one's ego. When this happens, one loses his closeness to Hashem and his overall direction.

Humility, on the other hand, keeps a person grounded. It helps a person realize what his place is in the world and how his complete existence depends on Hashem's kindness.

We must always remember that simple corollary from Moshe Rabbeinu. The greater the person, the more humble he is. The smaller the person, the more conceited he is.