“וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ לְשָׁלוֹם”
Caring About Each Other
Rabbi Tzvi Berkowitz
Rockwood Park Jewish Center
National Conference of Shomrim Societies
In a few weeks beginning March 30 in the evening through April 7th,we will be celebrating the Festival of Passover.It is the most celebrated of all Jewish holidays. It commemorates the Biblical liberation of the Israelites from exile and the Exodus from Egypt.This is depicted in the Haggadah, which describes the narrative of the festival. For eight days we eat matzah, unleavened bread.
Passover is a time for returning thanks and for giving of ourselves.We pause, while,enjoying the richness and warmth of our own Seder festivities with the invitation ” All who are hungry let them come and eat”.
The Seder is of a religious nature, with a carefully prescribed ritual that makes the dinner quite unlike family dinners held on civil holidays.As we recite this Haggadah, we are mindful that “In every generation one must consider himself, as if he personally went out of Egypt.” The Exodus which led to Passover is a never-ending process in history.The pursuit of liberty must never be relaxed, until the whole of mankind reaches the Brotherhood of Man.
My personal wish to all of our members and your dear families is this:
May you have:
- Enough happiness to keep you sweet;
- Enough trials to keep you strong;
- Enough sorrow to keep you human;
- Enough hope to keep you happy:
- Enough failure to keep you humble;
- Enough success to keep you eager;
- Enough friends to give you comfort;
- Enough wealth to meet your needs;
- Enough faith in yourself to inspire you to do your best, and
- Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.
On behalf of my dear wife Norma,our children and grandchildren, we wish all our members a Passover filled with joy and happiness.
Chaplain Alan Edwards