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Raise a Glass!

Thursday, 18 April, 2019 - 10:25 pm

Tonight, Jewry will gather at Seder tables across the globe to usher in an eight-day Passover journey to collective, and personal, freedom. Yes, the most important Mitzvot on Passover are to remove leavened items from our property and to eat Matzah, yet I’d like to ask you to focus on a different aspect of the Seder this year. As the Seder begins with everyone lifting their first cup of wine/grape juice and sanctifying the holiday with Kiddush, I’d like you to take a deep breath, pull yourself together and think about the words being recited and allow it to uplift you to a place of higher consciousness:

Blessed are You, G-d, our G-d, King of the universe, who has chosen us from among all people, and raised us above all tongues, and made us holy through His commandments. And You, G-d, our G-d, have given us in Shabbaths for rest and festivals for happiness, feasts and festive seasons for rejoicing this Shabbat-day and the day of this Feast of Matzot and this Festival of holy convocation, the Season of our Freedom in love, a holy convocation, commemorating the departure from Egypt. For You have chosen us and sanctified us from all the nations, and You have given us as a heritage Your holy Shabbat and Festivals in love and favor, in happiness and joy. Blessed are You, G-d, who sanctifies the Shabbat and Israel and the festive seasons.

Let these words of Kiddush carry you through the Seder and beyond. It’s ok to take a moment and relish in the fact that we are Jewish, and that G-d gave us an opportunity for holiness through Mitzvot. It’s not an unhealthy arrogance, it’s not boasting for the sake of showing off, it’s simply stating the fact that we are different, we were chosen from on high to be different and instead of escaping from that chosenness, we embrace it and allow it to brighten ourselves, and illuminate our families, our communities and the entire world.

Internalize Kiddush, the rest will fall into place!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May He protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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