This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Seth Mandell
Every Hebrew letter has an equivalent number. When the sum of the letters of two Hebrew words (the gematria) match each other, they are connected.
If you take the number of cups of wine we drink at the Seder – 4- and multiply by the Gematria of the Hebrew phrase ëåñ ééï (Cup of Wine) it equals the Gematria of çéøåú - Hebrew for Freedom.
If you multiply the number of Matzot on the Seder plate –3- by the Gematria for the phrase ìçí òðé (Bread of Affliction) you get the Gematria of çéøåú – Freedom.
Wine, which frees us from our inhibitions, and matzah, the food of simplicity, offer us symbols for emotional and physical freedom.
With emotional freedom we are free from the anxiety, fear, envy, and guilt that keep us from feeling fully alive. Pesach encourages us to free ourselves from attraction to negative emotions and in parallel to break free from our craving for material things that bring us only temporary happiness.
The Haggadah tells us to imagine we personally were brought out of bondage in Egypt. Pesach liberates us to appreciate the positive in our lives; our family, our friends, our community and our connection G-d and the Jewish people.
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