Dear friends, in a few days, we will sit down at our Passover Seders. For many of us, it is a time for families to get together to strengthen bonds and renew ties. It is the moment that spans the generations when traditions and memories are passed down. Passover is the family gathering that tells us that, we do not live only for ourselves, but that each one of us is a part of something larger and more long lasting than our individual lives. When we sit down at the Seder, we are part of a faith and people that has lasted through most of recorded history. At our Seders, we continue what is probably the oldest ritual in the entire world that is still practiced. We are a part of something that has endured because it is of lasting value and worth. On a very simple and universal level, Passover tells us that slavery and oppression is not what G-d wants but that freedom and justice must be sought after. This message has shaped the history of the world and continues to inspire us and so many others to struggle for justice. For us as Jews, Passover is the beginning of our journey through history. That journey has had moments of glory and has seen the achievement of great spiritual heights. It has also seen the very low point of human misery and suffering. That journey continues in our lives and the lives of our children. We do not know where it is going but we do believe it is of the greatest significance. May we and our children be worthy of continuing the story.
Chag kasher v'sameach. A happy Passover to all!
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