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March 25, 2016  RSS feed
Rabbinically Speaking

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New life for all

By RABBI JACOB LUSKI
Congregation B’nai Israel, St. Petersburg

The Passover story as told in the Haggadah recounts how Israel moved from darkness into light; from ignorance and a history of idolatry into freedom and glory.

A permanent and a continuing saga, Passover is an event which eternally calls people of all generations to hope and anticipation of a new dawn.

Indeed, the springtime festival of Passover represents a new life for all who suffered during the long years of exile and oppression. Celebrating the joyful festival at the Seder table, we remember our long and stormy history.

The Passover story is a living drama, a script involving Israel’s children of all generations. It is a story of a fight for freedom, human dignity and a permanent home for all the children of Israel. Passover is a democratic struggle for human dignity. From generation to generation one must picture oneself as having been freed from Egypt. The ongoing struggle for dignity and freedom has given the Jewish people the will, the power and the determination to fight on.

Today, Passover’s legacy sustains the Jewish people’s struggle against terrorism and global anti-Semitism. We learned from history and gained faith and confidence to continue our struggle against all present enemies, toward the ultimate victory.

The story of Passover commands all men and women to join in brotherhood, to join in the building of Jerusalem and Israel and, by that very fact, in the rebuilding of the world. This festival is the festival of human freedom, a fascinating miracle by which human dignity is restored to all generations.

Join a synagogue or temple in our community as we usher in this special holiday of freedom at the First Seder, Friday evening, April 22. I look forward to celebrating this meaningful holiday.

With best wishes for a Hag Kasher v’Sameah!

The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the board. The views expressed in the column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Jewish Press or the Board of Rabbis.


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