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Rabbi Elimelech Biderman on Pesach 2018 - Part 1/3


Reb Gutmacher describes the specialness of this night with a parable: Imagine a person imprisoned within four high walls; there is no hope for escape. However, if there’s even just a tiny breach in one of the walls, he can hammer away at that aperture, and it will widen until he is able to escape. The Seder night provides us with that small opening. Everyone has “fortified walls” surrounding him. For some, it's a lack of parnassah; for others it’s health issues, or other forms of tzaros, G-d forbid. People feel trapped, as though they can't get out. However, on Pesach there’s a crack in these walls. If we pound on this gap (by taking advantage of these holy times) it will open wide, and everything can change. Even one's mazal can change for the better on this night.

Hashem's presence at the Seder explains why this night is such an auspicious time for tefillah, as tzaddikim have told us. Hashem is present at the Seder, and therefore whatever we request, has a strong impact in Heaven.

The Chasam Sofer says, a person can have only a little bit of food, and his house can be small, but if his home is holy (because he speaks there praises of Hashem) he can have many guests, and there will be room and food for everyone.

When one believes that Hashem is One, he understands that there’s never a reason to be angry with others, or to be upset at a situation. Hashem is One, everything happens by His word, so why should one complain?

A person shouldn’t only thank Hashem for his children and for his grandchildren on the day that they were born. One should thank Hashem constantly for his offspring, for every breath they take, and for all the miracles Hashem does with them each day.

The recent Rebbe Shlomo of Bobov zt'l explained that when a person forgives others, it means that he understands that the people who harmed him aren’t entirely guilty. It was Hashem's plan that he must undergo this shame and distress, and therefore, why should he be angry with those who did it to him? It would have happened regardless. Such a person will be rewarded, measure for measure, because Hashem will likewise say, "Why should I be angry with this person for his sins? He isn’t entirely at fault. The yetzer hara enticed him to sin." Rebbe Shlomo of Bobov said this is the meaning of the Gemara, “Hashem forgives those who forgive others.“ The person forgives others because he says it isn't their fault, and Hashem will similarly say that your sins aren’t your fault, either.


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