Happy Passover to our Jewish readers.
It’s Passover 2011, or, in the Jewish calendar, I think it’s Passover 5771.
This is the time of year when Jews around the world celebrate their freedom from bondage in Egypt with the commemorative seder and Passover meal.
Think about Moses all those years ago, trying to convince the Egyptian Pharaoh to “let my people go.” Then all those plagues such as blood, frogs, vermin, slaying of the first born…
It took a lot for Pharaoh to finally let the Hebrews go, and even then, he still chased after them, necessitating the parting of the Red Sea so that the Hebrews could cross to safety.
There were wanderings, new beginnings, divisions, and some heartache, but in the end, the destination was reached.
There is one part of the meal that really stands out to me. It is during the recounting of the plagues — when Jews count down the Ten Plagues during the seder. A drop of wine is spilled with each recitation in memory of those who suffered in Egypt…not the Jews, but the Egyptians.
I guess it’s a solemn reminder that when blood of any kind is spilled, we all lose a little something. Then, it is important to remember that when there are those in bondage around the world, we ourselves (no matter our religion) are in some way in bondage.
Jewish or not, matzah-lover (matzo-lover) or not, remember Passover 2011 / Passover 5771. Work toward justice, strive for freedom, and remember those who may not be so lucky or fortunate.
Passover isn’t just about a meal. It’s about the whole human race.
Happy Passover 2011 / Passover 5771.