March 21, 2002
It's time to get everything in order. Clean out your pencil box. Throw away all those crumpled papers in your desk. Help your mom or dad vacuum the car.
Passover is a holiday that celebrates the coming of spring. And it is no coincidence that many people do spring-cleaning. Life starts fresh. We need to clean out the old to make room for new beginnings. On Passover, we conduct a seder to remind us of this.
The word seder means order in Hebrew. During the seder, we ask, "Why is this night different from all other nights?" Here is the answer: We change the way and the order in which we do things (we eat matzah instead of bread, we dip our vegetables, etc.) to remind ourselves that life is about change. It is exciting and wonderful to watch spring arrive. So go outside and watch a flower bloom.