July 15, 2019

A Moment in Time: How Will YOU Make this Night Different from all other Nights?

Dear all,
Passover Seder begins in earnest when someone asks the question from the Haggadah, “Ma nishtana ha-layla ha-zeh mikol ha-laeilot/ How is this night different from all other nights?”
While the Seder in and of itself is certainly different, Passover demands something much more….
Passover explains that justice delayed is justice denied. Who is being denied justice today?
Passover teaches that we were once strangers. Who are the strangers today?
Passover reminds us that our ancestors were refugees. Who are the refugees today?
Passover instructs us to open the door for Elijah. Are we truly seeing what’s outside our doors?
Passover emphasizes that families come with many voices. Are we listening to all those voices?
Passovers compels us to teach the next generation. Are we teaching by example?
This season we can do more than read the words of our Haggadah. We canbecome the actions of the Haggadah by taking a moment in time to embrace its call.
Los Angeles Controller (and Akiba “Rebetzen)” Ron Galperin, joins me in wishing you and all you love a Chag Sameach!
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro