Tonight, we gather together to celebrate Passover. Passover is a holiday commemorating the Israelites’ liberation from slavery and their exodus from Egypt, as told in the beginning of the Book of Exodus in the Hebrew Bible.
Following the command that the story should always be taught to the next generation, Jews across time and space have celebrated this joyful holiday. As written in Even in Corona time You are called on to have the seder and in One Passover tradition asking to provide the less fortunate with foods and help, this year all of us are bounded to our home living room only to have contact with the close ones who have been regular with us. The lockdown this year means we shall not have the pleasure to have all the children and many invitees with us. Though, that does not have to mean we have to be the whole night without them. The evening is long and in-between can be taken moments to have contact on the internet.
As you might imagine, there are many aspects of the Passover celebration that have withstood the millennia of observance, and many traditions have been added, taken away and changed over time.
Tonight, we will eat a great meal together, enjoy four glasses (at least!) of wine, and tell the story of our ancestors’ liberation from slavery. Having no special guests with us, we shall have to make a good promise to welcome them next year to reflect with us on the meaning of freedom in each of our lives, traditions and histories. In-between the meal we could be using the internet to have some contacts with neighbours, friends, colleagues a.o. and to witness to them about that miraculous event we remember tonight.
We will have the opportunity to consider our blessings, pledge to work harder at freeing those who still suffer, and try to cast off the things in our own lives that feel oppressive.