Pesach is a holiday of redemption. We celebrate the redemption of our forefathers from Egypt, and are hopeful of a time where our prayers will once again be answered with the ultimate redemption- the coming of Moshiach. It is also a time of reflection, a time when we remember our nation’s deliverance from more recent evils, such as the horrors of Nazi Germany, persecution in Iran, and the ongoing tension in Israel. Pesach is also when we can reflect on the times we personally merited to see the Yad Hashem. We all have big or small stories to tell our children of how we at various times faced a hard period in our lives, and how it passed and we were able to move on. Sharing personal redemption stories will allow our children to gain new perspectives on life, and realize that miracles were not relegated to thousands of years in the past. We experience miracles even today. We all reacted to the news as if it was a close family member who was released a few months ago when Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin was released from prison almost 20 years before his sentence was up. That’s the feeling – the sense of Yad Hashem – we want to give our children. We as a Jewish people have a long history of miraculous events, and even now, we are still all overwhelmed with our daily happiness and gratitude. And knowing that the spirit is just a small taste of what the final Geulah will feel like, we can use the holy moments of the Seder to daven for it with a whole heart.
Let us all reflect on our personal redemptions, our hope, and our future – and thereby inspire our children to greatness.
A kosheren Pesach