Saturday, June 03, 2023

We know that the discussion of the day within our community often puts the focus on our differences. One person may see himself as a “Modern” Orthodox Jew. Another is loving his newfound Neo-Chassidish inner self. Still others are Yeshivish and see the world in their way.

But we’d like to think that when it comes to Passover, we are fortunately more united in our spiritual goals than perhaps at any other time of the year. Sure, at one table, several different Passover Haggadot can be used at the same time. One Haggadah could be the one a particular family has used for generations. Another might reflect the philosophy of a Gadol or Rabbinic Sage. Others make connections with Holocaust memories and so on and so on.

The bottom line is that as our children ask questions, and we bring our own ideas to the seder table, perhaps the most wonderful aspect of all of this is just knowing that in our neighborhoods, cities and towns, in places friendly to Jews and in places not so friendly, and in Eretz Yisroel, Jewish people will be sitting down, no matter the custom, no matter the types of food we eat, and will be learning ways of understanding and achieving freedom from bondage. It is clear that we were all one people when we left Egypt.

We can still be one. Let’s take these precious hours of the sedarim and make them productive. Thank your family members who did the cooking, set the tables, and brought a beautiful focus on your children this Passover.

The publishers and staff of the Jewish Link wish you a Chag Kasher Pesach V’Sameach. Thank you for inviting us into your households. Thank you for your readership, your personal contributions, and most of all, your trust and acceptance.

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