The Torah readings on Passover are some of the most dramatic and interesting of the entire year. We remember the Exodus from Egypt in a variety of ways: in prose, in poetry, by recalling the sacrifices of our ancestors, and by delineating rituals that we still observe.
We use Torah during Passover in the same way that we use the Haggadah at the Seder: to teach, remind, and refresh our understanding of the great blessing and value of freedom in every possible permutation. Freedom is too easy to take for granted. We must always remind ourselves of its blessings.
We do so on Pesach by celebrating freedom in word and song, by observing dietary restrictions that remind us of the servitude of our ancestors. Even the food teaches us to value the hard-won freedom of the Exodus story.
May we always enjoy the liberty to do so in this society, and in every society in which we find ourselves.
And may the many people of every faith who are not yet free become free soon.
Please join us for our Wandering Jews’ hike in the Wilderness at 5:30 PM this Friday night, our Shabbat Passover morning services at 9:30 this Saturday, including the chanting of the Song of Songs, and our 7th Day Passover morning services Monday including Yizkor memorial prayers at 9:30 AM. And have a zissen Pesach, a joyous and healthy Passover!