The Real Meaning of Passover

Most Jews think Passover's message is found in 'Let my people go,' but freedom's only part of the holiday's true message.


04/17/2006 11:24:10 PM

Cknuck: (4) An account of the personal and congregational sacrifices is given. This is also the book that sets fourth the dietary laws (our table is our alter), the laws dealing with the Day of Atonement and the rules concerning marriage (God and Israel are married). Then in the same book as the priestly service there are the rules of man’s conduct to his neighbor: love replacing hatred (thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self). The requirements for giving a helping hand to the stranger, the poor and the friendless are all contained in this book about the duties of the priests and servants of the Sanctuary.


04/17/2006 11:23:28 PM

Cknuck:(3) The Queen is the indwelling presence of God within the congregation of Israel. The mystics walk out into the field and greet the Queen on Sabbath eve. Judaism regards our homes as our temple and our table as our alter. Our food is prepared in accordance with God’s laws of holiness. It is informative that the central theme of the book of Leviticus (Levites) is the ideal of holiness which should influence everyday action and thought.


04/17/2006 11:22:31 PM

Cknuck: (2) Elsewhere in Exodus, the Torah refers to Israel as God’s “first born son”. This is also a reference to being chosen for service, the first born male being consecrated. Hosea shows the relationship of God and Israel as that of a husband and wife. God says “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in loving-kindness and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. On Passover the Song of Songs is read. This love song was included in the Bible because it is interpreted as meaning God’s love of Israel whom he redeemed from Egypt.


04/17/2006 11:21:50 PM

Cknuck: (1) You have a very limited understanding of scripture. I assume you don’t comprehend the concept of service. The Torah states that every first born male was to be consecrated to the service of God (Ex.xiii,13). Eventually, the tribe of Levi was chosen to supply the priest and servants of the Sanctuary, instead of the first-born…among the children of Israel (Num. iii, 12). The concept of being a priest is associated with service to God. Habakkuk III, 13 makes the allusion to the people of Israel “as a kingdom of priests”. “Thou art come forth for the deliverance of Thy people, for the deliverance of thine anointed…” The parallelism shows that Israel is intended, ‘the kingdom of priests’ (cf. Ps xxviii,8).


04/17/2006 10:21:06 AM

It's funny how people can hear to entirely different things in the same message. The service I heard from the good rabbi was humble.


04/16/2006 10:57:49 PM

I liked this article. It is not just Jews who often forget the entire message. Often gentiles missunderstand the concept of "chosen". Noah also received a personal communication after the flood, whereby the fundamental laws of humanity were revealed to all humankind. Moses was later instructed to teach the Divine Laws to the people of Israel. Israel was chosen" for the mission of reminding the world that there is but one God, father of all, as well as the brotherhood and sisterhood of all people. Israel's freedom was for the purpose of service to humanity as a "nation of priests".


04/15/2006 01:59:50 PM

I have always found Rabbi Wolpe to be enlightening. His perspectives and opinions provide much meaning to the Old Testamanet for me [as I am a somewhat heretical Catholic in doctrine]. Shalom.


04/14/2006 03:01:03 PM

Rabbi David Wolpe brings forth an excellent message. This is the root of any belief system or religion. It is a video and message for ALL! It is as leaving a room; you go OUT but also you go IN... For an example; when you give up Atheism you get... You can not come out of Bondage without going into Freedom... As Rabbi David Wolpe so eloquently pointed out: "The Israelites came out of a land of bondage and the freedom the Israelites went into; was to worship the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." Shalom...


04/12/2006 05:40:29 AM

that was an excellent little video and itonly states what we all should do, christian and jew alike. As a christian I always try to serve God in every way I can. thank you rabbi


04/12/2006 05:21:47 AM

As a goy I found insignful and has explain passover more to me than a thought. I personaly thought it was about G-d freeing the jews, but as you watch this video one can see it much more. Happy passover to my herbew frienda and Happy Easter to my christian brothers & Sisters .


04/11/2006 11:20:08 AM

is there a way to view the text of this? i dont have sound, (i'm at work).


04/10/2006 07:19:38 PM

Great message by rabbi Wolpe liberated for service is a message everyone could heed. I got a lot from the spirit of rabbi Wolpe, he's the type of person who can bring a message with the passion that makes him a wonderful vessel of God. Not every one can deliver such a message and be as genuine.