Motti Wilhelm

Forget Everything You Know

A child in Portland's Gan Preschool enjoys Matza at a model Seder.
A child in Portland's Gan Preschool enjoys Matza at a model Seder.

To become free, one must forget everything they know – Matza (1312 BCE).

This message of the Matza and the Seder is ever more pertinent this year.

We “knew” that science had conquered the plague.

We “knew” that technology replaced urban warfare.

We “knew” that realistically ICBMs weren’t going to be flying across Europe and Asia at the same time.

We were slaves to what we thought we knew, and we were wrong. 

That is why the process to freedom begins with unleavened bread.

When we can let go of our egos, our assumptions, and the image we created for ourselves, then we can be open to change. We are ready to do something different and to hear new information.

But that’s just the first step. 

Then we need to embrace a higher sense of being, a greater sense of purpose. We realize that when we “let go and let G-d,” when we take our role as creations and listen to the wisdom of the creator, that’s when we are free. That’s when we are living in line with our purpose and potential.

Then we need to leap into our new reality.

Thus, this holiday has three names: The holiday of Matzot (humility), the season of freedom (discovering purpose), and Passover (the leap).

About the Author
Rabbi Motti Wilhelm received his diploma of Talmudic Studies from the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand in 2003 and was ordained as a rabbi by the Rabbinical College of America and Israel’s former chief Rabbi Mordecha Eliyahu in 2004. He was the editor of Kovetz Ohelei Torah, a respected Journal of Talmudic essays. He lectures on Talmudic Law, Medical Ethics and a wide array of Jewish subjects and has led services in the United States, Canada, Africa and Australia. His video blog Rabbi Motti's Minute is highly popular as are his weekly emails. Rabbi Wilhelm and his wife Mimi lead Chabad SW Portland as Shluchim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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