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Passover Patience - Rabbi Shulman's Passover Message

Erev Pesah 2018 | 5778
 
Dear Friends,
 
At this Passover season of freedom and renewal, Robin and I wish you and yours a most joyous and lovely holiday. We wish you a Pesah filled with the same caring and warmth you have shared with us since August. Celebrating our first Passover here in San Diego, we are grateful for your participation in our synagogue family.
 
At our Seder table this year, we will think with our family and friends about the incredible patience present in the Exodus story. Torah tradition teaches our Israelite ancestors were slaves in Egypt for 430 years. Through so many years, how did they endure while waiting for the promised redemption? What does it mean for any of us, at any time and place, to live with a better vision for tomorrow while tolerating the frustrations and difficulties of today?
 
I’m moved by the recent “March For Our Lives” in Washington DC. I’m inspired by a next generation seeking social change. I’m mindful of the slow, not always forward, progress of so many previous protest and social justice movements in our history. I’m curious to understand for myself and my loved ones how, in any aspect of our lives, we can remain focused on goals not easily achieved?
 
Jewish tradition teaches, “The enslaved Israelites made a pact among themselves. They would be true to their way of life, their language and values, perform deeds of lovingkindness, and guard themselves against the corruption of Egypt.”
 
For the generations of slaves whose story we tell on Passover, I can only imagine the challenge of remaining dedicated to ethical principles and sustaining the courage to live with hope every day. For all of us, living as we do in great personal and shared freedom, I understand the challenge of staying true to ideals, trying not to become complacent, and striving to make a difference for the good every day.
 
After the Seder evenings, ask me what I learned about patience and perseverance with those at my table. Then, I’ll ask you. What part of our people’s story caught your attention this year? What new insight about freedom did you glean?
 
As we celebrate Passover, may we enjoy our precious holiday time, appreciate the values of our heritage, and be sensitive to the quests for freedom and justice all around us. I wish you and yours a sweet, joyous and very happy Passover. Hag Sameah v’Kasher!
 
B’Shalom Rav,
Rabbi Ron Shulman
Mon, July 15 2019 12 Tammuz 5779