Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I've heard the idea many times that as we approach Pesach we should be worried not only about the physical chametz in our houses but also the spiritual chametz (hubris etc) that we carry in our souls. I realize that the best approach to addressing this is probably to engage in a deep study of middot, but are there smaller, incremental things one can do to at least start down the path? Where does one start -- what are the right sources to study or prayers/practices to take on?

share|improve this question
2  
While writing this question I intended to tag it chametz, but on seeing the tag wiki I reconsidered. –  Monica Cellio Feb 21 '12 at 17:53
    
tag how-to ? –  Shokhet Dec 18 at 3:03
    
@Shokhet seems plausible. Go for it. –  Monica Cellio Dec 18 at 3:13

2 Answers 2

Oddly enough, the means to "remove Chametz" from our souls is very nicely laid out in the Chasidic practices of the 49 days of Sefirat Haomer. If you search the internet, you will find numerous 49 step programs, that a person can do, each day to make themselves a better person and have a better relationship with Gd, thus removing the "Chametz".

Now that you ask the question, I find it odd that nobody has such programs for the 15 days before Pesach. Or even 30 days from Purim to Pesach.

However, I would argue that Purim and it's meanings is a good place to start. After all, Yom Kipurim, is "like Purim", so Purim itself must be a very cleansing holiday. Perhaps that is why there is no 30 day program from Purim to Pesach, but instead the "program" is done during Sefirat HaOmer.

share|improve this answer

It surely can only do good to learn a little mussar each day. I find the first perek of Mesilas Yeshorim most beautiful and it repays deep thought.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.