Let My People Know

"Our need to live in our own distinctive way"

“A leading Chassidic sage remarked that it is easier to take the Jew out of exile than to take the ‘exile’ out of the Jew.

It is not enough that the Jewish people have left the ‘desert of nations.’

We must return to our sources, our spirit, our true way of life and thought, in order to be truly free, truly redeemed.

As we gather at the seder table this year, we must experience the slavery of our ancestors and their evolution to freedom.

We must remember the sweet and the bitter in our collective past and ensure the transmission of our shared self with our children.

We must convey to them a profound understanding that the final redemption will be achieved only when we fulfill our need to live in our own distinctive way — when we are truly free.”

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From “Passover: The Festival of Freedom” by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz