Passover is a time to gather with some of our favorite people, retell stories that have been passed down from generation to generation, and enjoy good food and wine together. It is also a time to remember the slavery of our ancestor in Egypt, and to remind ourselves that there is always something that keeps us enslaved. We remove Chametz to prevent our own "puffed-up-ness," and we try to shrink our egos so we can work on that which keeps us captive in the narrow recesses of our personality. We are commanded to see ourselves as personally freed from Egypt, which can double as a commandment to personally free ourselves from whatever is holding us back from being the best we can be.
From my family to yours, may this Passover bring you warmth and sweetness, freedom and redemption. May we find ourselves a free people, working to free others and fight for the freedoms of those still enslaved in modern times.
Chag Pesach Sameach!