This coming Monday night we begin the celebration of Passover. Passover heralds the time when Hebrews enslaved in Egypt were delivered to freedom by G-d.
No one should live under oppression of any kind
The message that no one deserves to live under oppression and everyone should have freedom is undeniably universal. At its core the Exodus story is about a group of slaves that by means of faith and devotion won their liberation from a powerful nation. This universal message can give hope to people no matter what oppression they face.
Teach gratitude for what G-d has given
While the universal right to be a free person is the overtly dominate theme of Passover, there is another that is just as important and just as universal. This theme was established when G-d said to the freed Hebrews, “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Exodus 13:14) In these words the message is clear: we all have a responsibility to tell future generations about what G-d has given us.
This is a primary reason we have the Seder each year. We gather our family around us and retell and remember the story of the Exodus. We tell the story and sing the songs all so we do not forget what G-d has given us. And not just what He gave us at the Exodus because if this was all, it would have been enough. But G-d continued and gave us so much more. He gave us Shabbat, the Torah, the land of Israel, our faith, hope and redemption. Our children need to know about all that G-d provides our lives each and every day. We need to find time every day to teach our children about everything that G-d has provided.
G-d's redemption is attainable as long asn we have faith in him
Passover reminds us that it is our responsibility to provide future generations with the importance of having G-d in our lives. We teach our children and grandchildren that we must always continue to hope and pray. They need to understand that we should prepare our hearts to be ready to receive whatever G-d has in store. Remember that no matter what is enslaving our lives G-d’s redemption is attainable as long as we believe and have faith in Him. We must keep our hearts and souls open so we can recognize Him when He delivers us from our shackles whether literal or symbolic.
Appreciate Freedom and advocate Love of G-d
So this Passover let’s celebrate freedom and redemption. Let’s also make a commitment to our children, grandchild and our future generations to do as G-d told us in the scripture Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “remember this! The Lord—and the Lord alone—is our God. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
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