Pesach Sheni is more than just about making up for missing the first Passover; it’s an allusion to second chances. Maybe you are feeling spiritually impure or “far away” from God and from others due to past mistakes and indiscretions. This is where the idea behind Pesach Sheni comes in.
It’s never too late for a second chance. Maybe you need a second chance with a family member or friend. Maybe you need several second chances throughout the day because of negative thoughts or speech. No matter the situation, every moment is an opportunity for a second chance, in both big and small matters. Every moment can be a new beginning.
It’s never too late to correct past mistakes. Some mistakes may not be able to be completely fixed, but you can, with persistence and effort, amend those mistakes. You can get back up and start again. From that point on, you can choose to use the lessons of the past to walk into a changed future. The pain of the past is real, but the prospect of a better future is always in front of you.
God never expected us to be perfect. No matter how many times you “get it wrong,” you can stand back up and reach that which is right, good, and moral—so that things are even better than they were before. Every challenge is an opportunity for goodness. Your mistakes are what make you an overcomer.
On Pesach Sheni, God does not require one to remove leaven—which represents arrogance and a puffed up ego—from one’s home. God allows us to come as we are, as we cry out to Him for a second chance. Even when you fall, you can get back up and declare a new beginning. Even in the lowest places, God can always be found, and the potential for change is always present.
Rabbi Schneerson, one of the most influential Jewish leaders and teachers of the 20th century, also known as “the Rebbe,” said that Pesach Sheni teaches that no situation is ever completely lost.
It’s never too late to start again.