Rabbi’s Passover Message 2019/5779

Dear Members,
As we get ready and look forward to gathering together with our families to celebrate the Holiday of Pesach, let us stop for a moment and reflect upon the true meaning of this holiday. It’s not just about the cleaning, matzah, wine, brisket, and family Seder. There is a deeper essence to be discovered on this eight day holiday.

Pesach is described in our Amidah prayer as the “Zman, Cheirutainu – the time of our freedom”. When we really think about it for a moment, what kind of freedom was granted?

We were enslaved in Egypt, and now that we had miraculously escaped, we are now commanded to “serve Hashem”, so technically we are not able to perceive this as true freedom. We changed masters but still need to be subservient to a higher power.

Let us delve for a moment into what “freedom” truly means. In truth, as Einstein would say “its all relative”. When we look at what freedom means for vegetation. Nutrients, water, oxygen and sunlight is what is needed for it to flourish. When we move on to other creations, such as animals, this would not suffice.

An animal cannot flourish by being confined to one place such as plants. Food and water is not enough. An animal’s true “freedom” is for it to have the ability to move around freely from place to place as it would wish. Yet for man, the most intellectual of all creations, this would not suffice. Food, water and the ability to be mobile would not help a person feel very accomplished and is not really true freedom. A human being needs to have structure, fulfillment, and the ability to share his ideas and express his emotions to others.

Besides for feeling accomplished, our nation needs to find ways to nourish our souls and give ourselves meaning in life. To connect our soul with its source. Even though we find ourselves in this world with its limitations, we have to strengthen this bond through learning Torah and doing Mitzvot. We need to find a way to take our worldly day to day actions and find the best way to expose the G-dliness within them. Say the blessing on your food, join the minyan in shul, show extra love to your friend, and give that little bit (or a lot) of extra charity.  This in fact grants us true “Freedom”! 

Rochel, Eli, Chana Leah, Esther, Messoda and Mendel join me in wishing you a Kosher Un Freilichen Pesach, a happy and Kosher Passover!