You Are What You Eat

There is an important point to keep in mind as we make our final preparations for the Chag. Rav Pinchas Abuchatzeira שליט״א tells the story of a gentleman who approached him with a question after giving a Pesach Shiur. He asked: If we are celebrating our freedom, why must we be bogged down with so many details connected with the holiday? As free men we should be at ease to do whatever we feel like doing.

Rav Pinchas explained that it's true that the essence of Pesach is to celebrate our freedom. However, we follow חז״ל who say אין לך בן חורין אלא מי שעוסק בתורה. This means that one who is truly free and is not a prisoner to his work or even his lusts, is not really free. Only one whose priority is Torah and Mitzvot down to the last detail is the real free man. We must remember this particularly on Pesach.

We must also remember that tonight is בדיקת חמץ and it is preferable to do the search at the start of the evening from 7:30 onwards. חג כשר ושמח.