Pesach is usually portrayed as a festival of freedom. It is
this, but it is much more besides. It ia also a festival
Moses is sent by God to confront
Pharaoh; he must not say "Let My People be Free" but "Let My
People be Freed to serve Me instead of You". That is an
HOW we serve God is a matter for debate
between the Rabbis - as a Liberal Rabbi it is clear that I
have a specific perspective - but THAT we should serve God
is not at issue.
At the Seder we recall the past and the
sufferings and the plagues, and even the sufferings of our
enemies - very relevant to today's Jewish identity - but at
the same time we acknowledge that, even within our people,
there are those who are not prepared to take responsibilites
- the 'Wicked Child' - and those unable to, or even unable
to understand what is required - the 'Simple Child' or the
'One Who Does Not Know How to Ask'.
every Seder we are confronted, amongst other things, with
the question - which Child are we?
I wish all
readers a challenging but also fulfilling Pesach.
Rabbi Walter Rothschild
Jewish Postcards from Europe
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