Pesach Kasher v’Sameach!

Passover MatzahWishing all our friends a joyous Passover celebration!

This time of year makes for some of the best memories for anyone who celebrates Passover. The sights, the sounds, the tastes, the smells. Oh, what a wonderful time of year!

But this is not just a time to stuff ourselves and have a good time. The “appointed times” (mo’edim) given by Hashem are intended to be instructive, as well. In the case of Pesach, we are called to remember a number of specific points:

  • The hardness of slavery—so we won’t want to endorse slavery in any form;
  • The penalty paid by the slave holder—so we will learn empathy for everyone, even the oppressor;
  • The power and compassion of Hashem—the One who can redeem any situation, no matter how bleak and hopeless it may seem.

When we put all these qualities together, we find that many of the basic necessities for being a real human being come out of the experience of Passover. This is what it means to “be a mensch“. As we all contemplate the events of Passover, and put ourselves in the place of that generation, it is our prayer at the Mishkan that we will all become just a little more “human” as a result, and make the world a little bit better place to be.

Chag Sameach!

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