As Passover approaches, I can’t help but be captivated by the profound resonance this ancient festival holds for Jews around the world. Passover commemorates the thrilling liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, serving as a powerful testament to the enduring human spirit and the transformative power of faith. As the Editor-in-Chief of The Emet Times, I am excited to delve into the fascinating ways in which the millennia-old Passover story continues to inspire our modern-day journey toward freedom and self-determination while confronting the challenges of rising antisemitism and anti-Zionism.
Passover’s Timeless Message
The epic tale of Passover transcends time and captivates the hearts of the Jewish community. It serves as a compelling reminder of our people’s tenacity, urging us to champion the cause of the oppressed and relentlessly pursue justice. The Seder rituals invite us to journey through our rich history and express gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Embracing the Zionist Dream
An essential highlight of the Passover Seder is the enchanting phrase, “Next year in Jerusalem.” This phrase encapsulates the Zionist dream, illustrating the unbreakable bond between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. It serves as a potent reminder that our quest for self-determination and a Jewish homeland remains an ongoing endeavor, even as we face mounting anti-Zionist sentiment.
The birth of the State of Israel in 1948 marked a triumphant milestone in the realization of the Zionist dream. However, the enchanting phrase “Next year in Jerusalem” continues to inspire Jews worldwide to forge an unwavering connection with Israel and contribute to its flourishing growth and prosperity, despite the growing movement to delegitimize our ancestral connection to Eretz Yisrael.
Passover and the Contemporary Jewish Experience
The Passover story ignites the imagination of modern Jews, driving us to relentlessly pursue freedom and justice. It reinforces our commitment to combating anti-Semitism and bigotry in all forms and standing in solidarity with oppressed communities around the globe. Amid the alarming rise of anti-Semitic incidents, the lessons of Passover are more critical than ever, reminding us of our resilience and the importance of unity.
The Seder rituals unite families and friends, cultivating a spirit of togetherness and a shared appreciation for our values. As we immerse the bitter herbs in saltwater, we honor the tears of our ancestors and empathize with the ongoing struggles of those who seek the same freedom we celebrate.
The Emet Times is honored to serve a community that passionately embraces the teachings of Passover. This festival goes beyond merely commemorating our ancestors’ exodus from Egypt – it celebrates the indomitable spirit of our people, our profound connection to Israel, and our tireless pursuit of freedom and self-determination. As we gather around the Seder table each year, let us remember the importance of nurturing unity, advocating for justice, and contributing to Israel’s thriving growth and prosperity, even amidst the increasing challenges our community faces. May the captivating story of Passover kindle our inspiration to create a brighter future for ourselves and generations to come.