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Countdown to Pesach 3: Three Firsts Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

matzahWe say, “Why does it say ‘destroy the chametz on the first day of Pesach’ when really it means before Yom Tov? The Midrash says: There are three mitzvot that are supposed to be performed on “Rishon”, on the first day. 1) You are supposed to destroy chametz on the first day of Pesach. 2) You are supposed to eat in a Succah on the first day of Succot. 3) You are supposed to shake the lulav on the first day of Succot. So, first, first, first. As a merit for the fulfillment of these three “firsts” we merited, number one, the destruction of Eisav who is called Rishon. The destruction of Eisav, who is called the first, because it says “V’Yeitzey Ha’Rishon Admoni” - “The first child came out of her womb and he was red.” So Eisav is called the first. In the merit of the mitzvah of the destruction of chametz on the first day of Pesach, we merit the destruction of Eisav who is called Rishon.

 

Because we fulfilled the mitzvah of Succot on the first day of Succot we merit the construction of the Beit Hamikdash, which is called Marom Meirishon. It is a verse in Zechariah. It is called “God’s place from the beginning”.

In the merit of the Miztvah of lulav on the first day of Succot we merit the Messiah: the name of the Messiah from the verse from the Bible is Rishon L’tziyon. Rishon.

It is interesting to note that it also says ‘You should rest, B’Yom HaRishon.’ It also says “rest on the first day”. It also says eat matzah on the first day. So why do you choose these three firsts instead of any other three first?. In fact, you can find many other firsts. And if there are many other firsts so then this midrash would seem to be forced. In other words it says ‘You should eat matzah on the first day. You should rest on the first day of Pesach. You should rest on the first day of Succot. You should rest on Rosh Hashana.’ So why do you say it only says first three times?

Unless these three firsts are unique and that they are not talking about rest but it is something that is being expressed in a tangible form: For the destruction of Eisav you need that which is destruction. Meaning the destruction of chametz. That is all. Matzah is a constructive process. We are looking for the destruction of evil in the world and that is why the chametz is destroyed.
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