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Pesach 5775

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your family will have an enjoyable, joyous and happy Pesach.

Friday night, we will all be sitting at the Seder table, surrounded by family and friends.

The Haggadah which we use at the Seder was put together by the Rabbis of Babylon, after the exile from Jerusalem. They did not want our people to forget what it was like in Jerusalem when the Temple was at the center of observing Pesach, with the Pascal lamb and the reliving of the Exodus from Egypt.

What they created turned out to be a unique and extraordinary educational tool for the family Seder. It covers Jewish history; we came from ancestors who were idol worshippers, our founding parents discovered G-d and promised to teach about G-d to their descendants.

It describes the slavery in Egypt and how G-d redeemed us from bondage, as promised to Abraham. That promise, the Haggadah tells us, continues to protect us to this day, because in every generation, there are enemies who wish to harm us.

We are commanded to feel as if each and every one of us has come out of Mitzrayim, Egypt:

"Bechol dor vador, hayyav adam lirot et atzmo, ke-illu hu yatza mimitzrayim." "In every generation a person must look upon himself/herself as if she/he had come out of Egypt." As we sit around the table many of us can recall their personal Yetziat Mitzraim, Going out of Egypt, as real survivors of persecution, or of finding the light after a difficult period in their life.

Wishing you and your family a Happy, Joyous and Kasher Pesach.