One of the central – and most headache-inducing – features of Passover is clearing our homes of all hametz, leavened food items, which we are not allowed to eat, own, or benefit from during the holiday. What’s so bad about hametz? The Jewish ethical tradition teaches that hametz, which puffs dough full of hot air, symbolizes pride. We puff ourselves up to compensate for our inadequacies, but it’s all hot air. Clearing our hametz on Pesah reminds us that true freedom involves humility and a willingness to just be ourselves.
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