On Passover we sit at our tables, which are set with our finest dinner wear, and serve many courses of delicious food to our family and guests for this celebration.

So as we celebrate this holiday, let each one of us walk in the footsteps of our ancestors as we try to experience the fear and happiness that they felt when leaving Egypt and freeing themselves from the bonds of slavery.

On the night of the first Seder, we follow the service in the Haggadah, and the youngest child always asks the “Four Questions.” The first of the four questions is — “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Before we answer this question, think of how our people started out on their unknown journey into the desert and freedom.

On this night of the first Seder, try to recall and experience the feelings, doubts, and wonders that our people must have felt then as Moses led them out of the land of Pharaoh, and with God’s help, love, and some times His wrath, delivered the Jews to the Promised Land.

The Seder is also a joyous occasion, a gathering of family and friends who join in the recitation of the historical story in the Haggadah. It is a time to discuss, question, and most importantly, to teach the meaning of this holiday to the next generation, our children. The reason is to recall our Jewish history and background in order to understand our laws that were handed down to Moses from God on Mount Sinai and passed on through time to us. It is also a time of personal renewal, just as it is the time that spring renews the world.

My wish for everyone is to have a very Happy Pesach. Enjoy peace and love with the company of your loved ones.

Happy Passover to you all.

Pat Weller

Ahavas Israel Board Member