"I just want everybody to know that if you are going through something, pick up the phone and call your siblings, your family and tell them you love them. You never know what can happen. Tomorrow is not promised to anybody."
Ashia Cayson upon learning of her sister's death in a car crash in Ohio Sunday morning.
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"Lo Sei'aseh Chametz Ki Chol Si'or... Lo Saktiru Mimenu Isheh Lashem" (Vayikra
2:11). The two places that the Torah forbids Chometz is on the Mizbei'ach all
year round, and in every person's home on Pesach. Why is this?
Netziv in Hemek Davar says that leavening bread is using human intervention to
add on to the natural state of the creation. The closer we are to Hashem the
less appropriate it is for us to alter the natural order and manipulate the
Briah. Therefore in the Bais HaMikdash, the dwelling place for the Shechina on
earth, it is inappropriate to ever have Chametz on the Mizbei'ach to be offered
up to Hashem.
Similarly, Pesach is the Yom Tov that imbues Emunah into
our souls. Yetzias Mitzrayim is the banner we wave as the proof of Hashem's
control over the world and His love for us, and we frequently mention Zeicher
Litzias Mitzrayim. During this Yom Tov where we bask in the arms of our great
Protector and Father in Shamayim, we refrain from eating any Chametz and leave
the Briah as He made it, without our intervention.