Pesach 5774.

Thanks to everyone who shared the first days of Pesach with me! It’s a very special holiday and I thank God for the kindness He has shown by giving you this story about being liberated and brought out into the desert to become His own people.

It is hard to understand why so much suffering and cruelty happen and why good and holy things would have to sometimes come out of suffering. We can’t understand why, or any of the questions of why we exist and things are as they are. But so much kindness that over thousands of years your nation has held, with such a clear voice and devoted heart, this deepest relationship with our Creator alone. So many lives have been and will be blessed by this gift from Him and from you.

The seder is a tangible experience of how year to year it’s been passed on, for a very long time. And while we can’t go back and check out the history objectively, it lives in you as its children; the knowledge of God all through your lives and history is very believable to me, as much as I can know of anyway. I trust that basic story and I trust your understanding of how to walk. Anyway, we can’t see God but we look to Him for life, and the way that your history and your metaphors have embodied the relationship is not really separable from the knowledge of Him in the world, even though knowing Him is the anchor for listening to the children of Israel.

Even though I’ve spent the last two years with the Jewish community (but not come to a seder before this year), and tried to come to Pesach without expectations but just holding onto what I know and the paths I have with God, it’s a powerful thing, an important part of how God has given for this light to be preserved. A lot of compassion, and kindness, in redeeming and bringing you in to that. You have put a lot of time, patience, and heart into letting this time grow into visibility, both recently and in the time longer past. Thank you so much for sharing it.

No wonder it says, “Even if all of us were wise, all of us understanding, all of us knowing the Torah, we would still be obligated to discuss the exodus from Egypt; and everyone who discusses the exodus from Egypt at length is praiseworthy.”


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