Pesach 5777-2017 - Why do we need Pesach in our lives?

This is a question which most of us never ask, either because the answer seems too obvious for many of us, or maybe the question itself seems irrelevant to those of our people who are not particularly keen on Pesach observance.

Pesach is a period in our lives when we connect the past with the present and the future. It is a time of the year when we tell the story of Exodus and teach ourselves and our children – again and again – about our history. And through the telling and retelling of the story, we are reminded to show compassion towards other people, and to empathise with their experiences of pain and suffering.

Pesach connects us to our roots too and the Seder Story provides us with an important and necessary anchor in this stormy world of ours. As Rabbi Chaim Potok said: “I don’t think you can be fully a member of the Jewish people and, creatively, a member of humanity, without knowing who you yourself are. The only way you achieve a deep sense of self is to know your own beginnings…”

It is easy to feel that the world is on fire today.  The story of our people’s slavery and the Exodus from it serves as a reminder to us again and again to appreciate the beauty of the world and the freedoms we are now able to enjoy. 

Let us remember those who were not as fortunate as we are today.

Enjoy your Exodus and the Matzah!

Look forward to seeing some of you at the communal Seder! Chag Sameach!

Rabbi Tanya