April 21, 2005

A happy and healthy Passover to all!

From the Temple Institute:

"The festival of Passover which begins immediately after Shabbat commemorates Israel's miraculous exodus from Egypt. It is this extraordinary event that marks the birth of Israel as a nation. "Has any god ever miraculously come to take for himself a nation from amidst a nation… such as everything that the L-rd your G-d did for you in Egypt before your eyes?" (Deut. 4:34)

Turning our backs on Egyptian idolatry and slavery, we headed towards Mount Sinai and our eternal covenant with G-d. Nothing can ever change that covenant, and no force – external or internal – can change or alter Israel's destiny: to be "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Ex. 19:6)."

Check out their cool online story Shlomo's Passover Adventure

Me: May we soon merit to rejoice in Jerusalem for all our festivals. Amen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Surprised to see you describe Passover as marking the BIRTH of Israel as a nation.

While it was indisputably a critical moment in Jewish history, Israel existed as a nation well before the Passover (Exodus 8:1 has Moses calling Israel a "people.")

And if you would not recognize the existance of the Nation of Israel prior to the Passover, then you cannot call Israel a true Nation until after crossing of the Red Sea, when its independence was certain.

No, the Passover is meaningful, but you've attached the wrong meaning.


--a fascinated reader