As family and friends assemble around the Seder table, we celebrate and rejoice at the people we see. And we tenderly recall those whom we cannot see, or will ever see again, except in our hearts.
This night stands out as the brightest of the shining stars in the heavenly expanse of Jewish life and the mystery of Jewish history. In his commentary upon the Haggadah, Rabbi Eliezer Sadan tells us why.
“In this setting, in the midst of the family, the building block of our sacred nation, the light of the faith of Israel is passed from one generation to the next.”
On Leil Seder Pesach, the night of the Pesach Seder, we forge and re-forge the ties that bind each one of us to each other, each generation to all generations.
Pesach marks the third year since GAJE was formed to help make Jewish education affordable in the GTA. That we have not yet succeeded in doing so only motivates us to continue the effort. In this we are inspired and guided again by Rav Sadan who shares a teaching of Rabbi Bachya Ibn Pakuda: “If those who seek to make the world a better place or to elevate the moral standards of their generation were to wait until their projects reached perfection, then… all would remain forever mute.”
As we enter the fourth year of the campaign for affordable Jewish education, we promise not to stop. We will not be mute. As we wrote three years ago, failure is not an option.
Shabbat Shalom. Chag Pesach samayach.
.שבת שלום. חג פסח שמח