Pesach 2004 by Moshe
I don’t think there is any other holiday that we have to physically prepare ourselves for as much as we have to for Pesach, Passover. Men, woman, children, there is no one that doesn’t lift a hand cleaning and buying the necessary goods to fulfill this mitzvah. The same it was so in Mitzrayim, Pharoah made everyone work. Knowing it would wear them down the most, for the women, he gave men’s work and for the men, the work the ladies are accustom to doing. The same is true today; everyone is pitching in for Pesach doing things they would never dream of doing themselves. We are truly going down into the lowest world, waiting to be rescued by Hashem once again. All this is in order that we once again taste the going out of Egypt. That we truly taste, Hashem’s deliverance.
In order to know what sweet is, you have to know what bitter is. These moments of preparation represent the bitterness of Egypt and Pesach itself, the sweetness. Now if only we can take these moments of difficulty and of our own want to make them sweet. This is the level of a person that is Somaich Bechelko, happy with his lot. It shouldn’t matter the difficulties that Hashem sends you but rather you should be happy finding the good you have during that bitter moment. Even in the worst of bitterness Hashem sends relief. The reward for observing Pesach is a great one. You can see this by how much preparation goes into this holiday before it even begins. Its reward is endless. Therefore, before you taste the bitter herb, remember, in all suffering there is relief.