The Time of Our Freedom
חג המצות-זמן חרותינו
Year after year and generation after generation, we spend the night of Pesach
retelling the entire story of our exodus from Egypt in its every minute detail.
It is a night on which we try to instill into our children the foundations of our belief as
we recount the great miracles and wondersHashem did on our behalf.
For those living in a democracy, the true meaning of freedom is often taken for
granted. Only those who have lived through the nightmarish Nazi concentration
camp horror can truly appreciate what true freedom is all about.
Yet, on the night of Pesach, when we celebrate our freedom from Egyptian
bondage and oppression, we must remember that the ultimate purpose of our
הגדה של פסח
redemption wasקבלת התורה . It was at Mount Sinai that we were transformed from being
the slaves of Pharaoh to becoming the servants ofHashem. And so while we may
once again find ourselves enslaved to the modern Pharaohs of the world, we now
have the Torah which is the antidote that can free us from both our spiritual slavery
as well as our physical slavery.
It is on this night of Pesach, when we reaffirm and strengthen our faith and trust
inHashem, and reinforce our commitment to keep His Torah, that each of us must
perceive himself as having become free from Egyptian bondage and pledge our
allegiance to remainHashem's loyal servants. As long as we study the Torah and
keep themitzvos properly, we are assured that no power on earth can enslave us.