Friday, March 22, 2013

You Must Tell Your Child On This Day

Jews around the world are preparing to celebrate the Passover holiday, which begins in just a few days.  During the Seder, we recall our ancestors' escape from slavery to freedom. The holiday is to remind us what it feels like be enslaved, and fuel our love for freedom. But, the Seder is not just dinner.  It's an opportunity to teach, to learn, and to call to action. 

"Ha lachma anya..." 
This is the bread of affliction.  Let all who are hungry, come and eat; let all who are needy, come and share Pesach with us."

This is how we begin the Passover Seder.  Before it has anything to say about freedom, it begins by addressing hunger and need: "Let all who are hungry, come and eat". If one is hungry, and in need, there is no freedom.
We are told that in every generation, we must see ourselves as if we had personally left Egypt.  Therefore, we must take these lessons into our own lives. As we taste the matzah, we must try to understand the meaning of what we are saying at the Passover Seder. 
In every generation you must see yourself as created in God's image, to do God's work on earth. You must tell your child on this day, we were created to lead all peoples to freedom, to create just and equal societies where all peoples may live together in peace.


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