We have just finished crunching on our matza. And yes I know that Pesach is behind us and we are on our way to Shavuot. Yet today is the day to eat matza.
Why? We are taught that while traveling in a desert a group of Jews has approached Moshe (Moses) with a complaint. Now I know this is nothing new and it has happened many times before or many times after. I bet it made him doubt his carrier choice a time or two. So back to the story, the complainers were upset because they were not able to bring Passover Sacrifices, since they were suffering from acute case of ritual impurity due to carrying Joseph’s coffin.
Moshe told them that he was sorry, but that was the way the cookie crumbled and better luck next year. The guys insisted and said that it was not fair. So Moshe decided that it was time to bring in the higher authority into the dispute. So he went and discussed it with the Boss. (If you are not sure who the Boss is, you might want to seek some spiritual counseling.)
Surprisingly the Boss told Moshe Rabbeinu that the guys were right. It was not fair. So they should have another chance to bring their sacrifice at the later date. This became the Law and while the Beis Hamikdosh (Jewish Temple) was standing all people, who for various reasons could not bring Pesach sacrifice in time had a chance to correct the omission.
Now sadly we do not have our Temple and are not able to bring sacrifices we remember this wonderful day by having a meal with matza.
Why am I saying that this day is wonderful? Because this is the day of second chances, the day when we learn that it is never too late. And I hope it makes us a little nicer and a little kinder.