As we anticipate Passover, we think of family and friends being together, and we are reminded of cherished memories. Yes, Passover is for retelling the story of our quest for freedom, but it is also a time of making memories that we carry our entire lives.
For some of us, the Seder table will be a little more joyous as young babies will attend their first Seder. For others, this Passover will bring sadness as loved ones are not with us for the first time. But for all of us, Passover will remind us that we have experienced another year of living; a year of wonderful occasions, and some pains and disappointments also.
Passover is our festival of hope. The slave can go free. Visions of a better world can be realized. And miracles do happen, however we define them.
My Passover story tells of a grandfather who sent his grandson to open the door of Elijah the Prophet. As the child approached the door, he began to cry. “Why are you crying?” asked the grandfather. “I’m crying because I don’t know what Elijah will look like. And he might scare me when I look upon him.”
The grandfather replied: “You don’t have to worry my child. For when Elijah does come, he will not come through the door; he will come through our hearts.” So for all of us, may Elijah enter our lives with love and kindness and hope. And may it be that we will be as Elijah to one another.
I hope that you will join us for some of our wonderful and inspiring Passover programs and events.
Rabbi David Greenberg