By Rabbi Yosef Shemtov
Passover! Jews call it Hag Ha’Pesach, but in the Torah G-d calls it Hag Ha’Matza. Why does Passover have two names? The Chag has two names because in a relationship we should emphasize the positive qualities of the other. Jews call it Hag Ha’Pesach (literally Passover) to emphasize the fact that G-d saved us from calamity by passing over houses. G-d calls it Hag Ha’Matzah (literally unleavened bread) to emphasize the Jews’ complete trust in him as we followed his command and rushed out of Egypt to the desert, not even allowing the dough time to rise. Therefore, Passover is the time to renew our faith and trust in G-d and to rely on his help in every situation in life.
This principle applies to our relationship with G-d as well as our relationships with our spouses, children, coworkers, etc… We should always see the good in others. We shouldn’t focus on what we have contributed. Instead, we should focus on being appreciative for what we have received. This outlook helps us create healthy and everlasting relationships.
On behalf of everyone at Yachad Kollel, I would like to wish you a happy and meaningful Passover.