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Drashah for Passover

As the month of April begins, we prepare for one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar - Passover. Rich in tradition and symbolism, this sacred festival reminds us of our shared journey from slavery to freedom and the enduring resilience of the Jewish people.

At its core, Passover is a celebration of freedom and liberation and the first holiday we ever have as a Jewish people. It commemorates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt, a pivotal moment in Jewish history that represents a timeless testament to the power of faith, perseverance and hope. As we gather around the Seder table, we tell the story of our ancestors' journey to freedom, immersing ourselves in the rich tapestry of tradition and symbolism that defines the Pressach experience.

During the Passover Seder, we encounter a variety of symbols and rituals that remind us of the story of the Exodus. From the unleavened bread (matzoh) that symbolizes the haste with which the Israelites fled Egypt to the bitter herbs that represent the bitterness of slavery, each element of the Seder table has a deep meaning. As we participate in these rituals, we are invited to reflect on the themes of freedom, redemption, and the enduring power of faith.

Passover is a time-honored tradition whose message is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. In the face of adversity and uncertainty, the story of the Exodus serves as a source of inspiration and strength, reminding us of the resilience of the human spirit and the promise of redemption. As we celebrate Passover this year, let us not only reflect on the lessons of the past, but also look to the future with hope and optimism. Let us hope and pray for the hostages in Gaza that they too will emerge from their captivity and attend our Passover Seder. If, God forbid, they are not released by then, we will leave an empty chair at our Seder table to remember them and hope for their speedy freedom.

As we prepare for Passover, let us come together as a community to share the joy and connection of this holy holiday. Let us reaffirm our commitment to one another and to the values that unite us as a community.

May the spirit of Passover fill our hearts with gratitude, our homes with warmth, and our lives with meaning. I wish us all a happy and meaningful Passover.

Chag Sameach!

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