A Message from the Rabbi
As we enter into the Month of Nissan, the “Chodesh Hageula” it is the Month of our redemption from the Egyptian exile. We have to remember the words that we say every single day in the Shema, the commandment “You shall relate it to your son”. This holiday reminds us and emphasizes the importance of recounting our story to our children, grandchildren, as well as to ourselves. This is actually the main focus of our Passover Seder. We need to gather around the table and tell over the story of our Exodus. This is the foundation and the continuity of our nation. Just as we cannot assume that our children will be able to find their true path in life without having an education, so too we cannot assume that they will learn about our story on their own. We must be proactive in teaching it to them, as well as to continue our own personal education of our past.
Pesach is not only a communal liberation. As it says, “in every generation a Jew should see himself as though he personally has been liberated from Mitzrayim [Egypt].” Pesach is not only celebrated to rejoice or to remind us about the liberation of our ancestors from their slavery in Egypt, but also to inspire us to strive for a greater measure of self-liberation from all limitations and distractions which prevent us from practicing and strengthening our Yiddishkeit in the everyday life.
In such a tumultuous world, where there is so much hate and violence, where children are hurting children, and where everything is now acceptable so that we are politically correct, we need to bring more G-dliness back into the mainstream. We need to go back to the core values of morality, and perhaps this will be able to shed some light into our seemingly dark world. We are under a different form of ‘slavery’, a modern slavery. We have our very own ‘Pharaoh’ enslaving us. We have endless forms of social media and technology that is taking over our lives. We are becoming the most self-centered society, which in turn is subjecting us to a personal exile of great magnitude. We need to get out and we need to be freed!
This is the meaning of the description given “Zman Cheirusainu” the time of OUR liberation, our own personal growth. We are blessed to be living in a country that promotes Religious freedoms. Let us celebrate and utilize what we are fortunate to have, and practice our Yiddishkeit to its fullest. Let us join the Minyan, participate in a Torah class, partake in a Purim party, share in a Shul Simcha, and celebrate our members’ milestones. When we actively contribute to our own religious growth we are truly celebrating the Exodus from Egypt on a regular basis.
Let us all merit that “In the next year may we be free, in the next year may we be in Jerusalem!”
Rochel, Eli, Chana Leah, Esther and Messoda join me in wishing you and yours a ‘Kosher Un Freilichen Pesach”.
Rabbi Avram Banon