Thoughts on Pesach
Pesach is a time when Jews across the world commemorate the freeing of the ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
There are people in the world who are running for their lives – not only in countries like Syria and Iran, but here, in the United States. Passover is a time to recognize this and try, for a mere week, to understand what the totality of their lives might be like. When we rob ourselves of the opportunity to sacrifice by creating instant substitutes, are we really able to say that we are doing the spiritual work of Pesach? When we cannot, even for a week, give up the bread we love, how are we going to continue the work of relieving oppression – a work which takes much greater sacrifices than our dietary desires?