Pesach Eighth Day: Perfume and Passover



Published on: 4/30/16

Coco Chanel’s name adorns the world’s most famous fragrance, but a Jewish family which outsmarted the Nazis is the driving force – and scent – behind it.

Why speak about perfume on Passover? Because perfume can teach us about the Messiah. And it can teach us something about fusing matter and spirit, which is a prerequisite to the Final Redemption.

It all begins with the walls of Jericho falling down, which happened on Acharon Shel Pesach, the last day of Passover.

Here’s a whiff of what glorious scents are in store:

  • Jericho (Yericho) is rooted in the Hebrew word for scent, re’ach.
  • The Messiah will judge the people with his sense of smell. So says the Talmud.
  • Yizkor is about memory. Scents and smells, more than any other faculty, remind us of things connected to our loved ones – like grandmother’s chicken soup or father’s coat.
  • Scents also remind us of who we are and why we are.

So, yes, feel free to stick your nose into our business. One could never be too nosy when trying to sniff out the soul.


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