Passover in a pandemic: Thoughts from a Morristown rabbi

A Passover meal. Photo: Temple B'nai Or.


By Rabbi Michael Satz

Pesach is called z’man heruteinu, the season of our freedom, and yet right now we might feel confined sheltering in our homes.

Freedom, though, is not about doing what you want to do when you want to do it. True freedom, according to our Jewish tradition, is being able to make the right choice—the choice to bring more peace, more healing, more justice in the world.

It is the choice to serve God. When we were slaves in Egypt, we had no freedom to choose anything. Pesach celebrates moving from slavery to true service.

Even though we are temporarily confined, we are still free to make the good choices that can bring redemption to our world that is in need of healing.

I pray that our choices and especially the choices of our leaders bring us back together soon.

Rabbi Michael Satz serves at Temple B’nai Or in Morristown.

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