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  • Matthew Friedberg

A Pesach Message from our Chair of the Board

Dear Friends,

Tonight marks the first night of Passover since that fateful day in October. Amidst the sorrow and pain that tore through our collective consciousness and changed our world forever, we must remember the common threads representing the meaning behind this ancient holiday and our present, both woven into the tapestry that is our collective history.

Passover tells the story of a Jewish nation in exile, who are led out of their oppressive existence in Egypt towards their own indigenous homeland – towards their redemption. All due to one brave man who, after living the life of an Egyptian prince and discovering his true Jewish identity, must abandon the only life he’s ever known, and boldly command his Pharaoh to “let my people go.”

As Jews and allies living in the Diaspora, we may feel the inner hopelessness and tumult of a Jewish slave. Between campus anti-Jewish hatred being at an all time high, a global misinformation campaign aimed at dismantling the world’s only Jewish state, and over 130 Israeli hostages still being held in Gaza, it may often feel like we are living in our own Egypt – stranded in a desert of exile and despair.

But what we must remember is that in each and every one of us exists a Moses violently shaking his cage, demanding to be freed. Inside us all is a brave leader who strives for truth and justice. Now, more than ever before, is the time to be brave and let our own inner Moses out of Egypt. We cannot let fear detract us from our mission to see our hostages freed, and our indigenous homeland protected.

Thus, it is up to each and every one of us, Jew and ally, to encourage one another along our arduous march through the desert. As we head into this holiday, we must remind one another that it takes a strong collective to part seas, and an enduring sense of hope to make miracles happen. 

A Happy Passover to all of those gathering around their seder tables tonight. May we continue to see revealed miracles and redemption.


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