Hametz is known as the “puffy stuff” (Thanks R Jonathon Omer-man) we find in bread. Hametz expands and takes up space. Hametz restricts movement and causes narrowness (Mitzrayim). The narrowness tends to build up over time and restricts movement. This is a loss because movement is life. Life does not exist without movement.
Consider two kinds of Hametz; External and Internal. They impact each other.
Jews throughout the world seek and remove hametz in their homes in preparation for Pesah. Spring cleaning is a useful and pragmatic practice that promotes cleanliness and purity. This is an external hametz seeking practice.
The internal work is just as important. Consider – What is the “puffy stuff” that gets in the way of moving forward on my path? Are there aspects that get in my own way?
R Zalman Schachter-Shalomi teaches that the ego is a great manager and a lousy boss. We need ego to enable us to “show up”. Without ego – knowing who we are in the world – we could not share our gifts and contribute.
It is essential to know ourselves and what our gifts are.
Ego can become distorted. When we become overly self important ego can get in the way of movement. Hametz – the puffy stuff - is a cause of Mitzrayim – narrowness (that can grow and accumulate over time.)
Hametz cleaning invites us to remove unneeded puffiness in our homes and in our selves.
A zissen Pesan to all.