Shabbat Pesach| 5764
Pesach | | 08/01/2004
In some communities, there is a custom to make a beracha on smelling hadasim when a child is brought into the brit of Avraham Avinu. We can find a possible source and reason for this custom, based on a pasuk recited both at a brit milah and during the seder of Pesach.
We saw last time that as chametz becomes asur b’hana’ah (forbidden to receive benefit from), it leaves the possession of its owner. At that point, he cannot sell it or nullify it. The Rambam (Chametz U’matza 1:3) states that although possession of chametz on Pesach is a lav (negative commandment), one does not normally receive malkot (flogging) for violating it.
The prohibition against chametz on Pesach is among the most severe and strict in the Torah. What is its internal connection to our liberation from Egypt? “It is known to You that it is our desire to do Your will. So what deters it? The yeast in the dough and the subjugation of the gentile kingdoms” (Berachot 17a). What does the yeast in the dough represent as a deterrent to proper Divine Service?
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).