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Bring It Forward

Friday, 25 April, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Did you know that Passover only ended about 40 hours ago?

Yep. When the second Seder’s table is cleared, you’re actually only a few hours into the second day of an eight-day Holiday; Pesach just ended this past Tuesday night.

Pesach is a significant celebration of personal and communal liberation. We have a week (in Israel) or more (eight days elsewhere) to marinate in – and genuinely absorb – the energy of real self-actualization.

And Pesach’s final day takes it to the ultimate in psycho-spiritual/physical liberation: the Biblical promise of Moshiach.

With the Torah weltanschauung, we trust that the world will one day show its inherent goodness. When Moshiach comes, we will each have our highest selves unlocked and expressed in full glory.

Imagine a world where people really listen to each other, truly care about each other’s feelings and actually feel that life can – and should - be a win/win. A world where there isn’t the economic stress that causes people to hurt each other; nor is there the slightest emotional desire to do so. A world where we can clearly see the correct path to follow as we journey through our days, where we’re emotionally inclined to follow our mind’s navigation, and where we have easy behavioral follow-through, concretizing our resolutions in actual practice.

That’s the world of Moshiach.

The eighth day of Pesach, this past Tuesday, was a day of Moshiach. The way Pesach is structures, its first seven days celebrate our historic liberation from Egypt – Moses’ liberation – while the eighth day celebrates our future liberation, the coming of Moshiach.

Pesach builds to a freedom crescendo.

And then it’s over.

Just like that.

We go back to work. The world is just as shallow as we left it. People are still sick (G-d please heal them), etc…

So, the second half of this week may feel anti-climactic, like we fell off a self-actualization cliff. But it shouldn’t.

Pesach gave us added strength to live life a Moshiach-esque life TODAY.

When we’re in a room and it’s dark, there can be two reasons:

A. The light is off

B. Our eyes are closed.

Irrespective of whether we saw/felt it, a Moshiach light came into the world on Tuesday.

Irrespective of whether we saw/felt it, that Moshiach light empowers us to live life to a higher, Moshiach standard.

Carry Pesach forward.

Live like you mean it.

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