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Chametz and Immoral Thoughts

by Sarah Nechama

At the end of this week’s Torah reading we find the verse, “You shall not see for you chametz on Pesach” (Exodus 13:7).  Our Sages comment: “You shall not see for you,” but if the chametz belongs to a non-Jew, you may see it (Pesachim 5b). Reb Noson explains that in the main, chametz refers to the foreign and immoral thoughts that plague a person. “His mind becomes fermented with impure thoughts.” But when a person makes every attempt to strengthen his mind against these thoughts, then that chametz is compared to chametz that belongs to a non-Jew. The person is considered as keeping the mitzvah of distancing himself from chametz. May HaShem guard and protect us from these foreign thoughts and purify our minds and thoughts. Amen.

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