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MSD 42

MOADIM 04-2004

YACHAD!
GRUESSE ZU PESACH

 

 

 

 

 

 




Pesach is usually portrayed as a festival of freedom. It is this, but it is much more besides. It ia also a festival of responsibilities.


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 enormous difference.

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'.

And at 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.

Shalom,
Rabbi Walter Rothschild

Jewish Postcards from Europe
[ALLES WEITERE ZU PESSACH]
Der Frühling ist gekommen, Pesah steht vor der Tür!

msd42 03-04 2004

 
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