The festival of Passover is just days away and here in Israel, thorough cleaning of our homes is a major preparation for the celebration. Did the tradition of 'spring cleaning' originate with this Jewish custom? Who knows?
What I do know is that this year many of us are taking a new look at the typical 'Spring Cleaning Check-List': wipe down the walls, scub the floors, clean out the closets, launder or dry clean the curtains/drapes, wash the windows...and the list goes on.
Ideally, there is more to spring or Passover cleaning than the physical efforts to produce a spotless home. What about a spring cleaning list for our souls? Our attitudes?
While we wipe down the walls, why not ponder whether there are walls in our relationships that need to be 'wiped'?
While scrubbing the floors, why not ask how we've been doing standing for our values and principles in the face of public opinion? Or whether our 'walk' matches our 'talk' - are we true to our convictions, even when it's difficult?
While cleaning out the closets, why not de-clutter our thinking? Listen to your thoughts - are they primarily negative - or positive?
While laundering the curtains, why not consider whether we have them to beautify the inside of the home or to block out those outside? Do we 'curtain ourselves' away from opportunities for kindness and compassion towards others, preferring to live preoccupied with only our own concerns?
While washing the windows, why not ask God to improve our spiritual vision? To remove the grime of external influences? To grant us deeper insight into what's important in life, what really matters?
Perhaps this is the Spring Cleaning that's most important. What do you think?