Mendy Kaminker
Mendy Kaminker

Let’s rush into things

What type or you: the always-late or always-on-time type?

Personally, I think I’m in a third camp. The “always-a-few-minutes-early” one.

When I have an appointment, I like to plan ahead and take into account possible delays. What if I can’t find parking? What if it would take a few minutes to find the entrance? I would rather be a few minutes early than a few minutes late.

Most of all, I don’t like to rush.

Rushing feels like I’ve done something wrong. Either I didn’t adequately estimate how long each step will take, or I didn’t prepare for all scenarios.

But is rushing always bad?

We are just about to enter an 8-day period in which we will be eating Matzah because of the rush.

As the Haggadah reminds us, the Jews left Egypt “hurriedly,” so they didn’t have enough time to let their dough rise. Instead of bread, the dough turned into Matzah. To remember those days, we also eat Matzah.

Even before they left Egypt, G-d told them to prepare for the exodus. During their last night, they were told to eat the Passover offering in a very specific way.

“This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; you shall eat it in haste!”

Why the haste? Didn’t they have enough time to prepare for this day?

Our sages explain that hurrying was not a bug, but a feature. G-d feared that Jews liked Eygpt too much. The hedonistic lifestyle in Egypt would make them want to stay.

So He rushed them. He told them go fast. To do it without pondering too much. Just keep on going. Don’t worry about your dough rising, don’t worry about what might happen on the way. Get your belongings and start marching forward!

There is an excellent lesson here for us.

Whenever we want to do a Mitzvah, we have an inner struggle. All of a sudden, we find many excuses for not doing it or why it will not work.

And that is when we realize the virtue of rush.

So, on this “rushing holiday”, take a leap of faith. If there is a Mitzvah you know you wanted to do, or something good and positive you thought about, ignore the nay sayers in your head and jump straight into it.

And just like Eygpt, you’ll never look back.

Because rushing to do something good is a decision you will never regret.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Shabbat Shalom, a Kosher and Joyous Passover, enjoy this special time of the year!

About the Author
Rabbi Mendy Kaminker is the Chabad Rabbi of Hackensack, and an editorial member of Chabad.org.
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