Today is April 12, 2024 -

Congregation Sha'arey Israel

A Conservative Jewish Congregation serving the spiritual needs of the Middle Georgia Jewish community since 1904

611 First Street, Macon, GA 31201
Phone: (478) 745-4571

Passover, Freedom, and Rebirth

Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt.  Ultimately, it is a celebration of freedom and rebirth.  And while plenty of good food abounds at the Seder table, there are certain dietary requirements or restrictions that are followed as well.  As we celebrate we are also mindful of the bitter tears of our ancestors as slaves.  While ridding one’s home of chametz is an intensive process, it’s much harder to rid ourselves of the ease at which we can take things such as food and shelter and freedom for granted.  Matzah is flat and relatively flavorless.  But in this simple and unleavened form it is humble and uncomplicated.  Pesach is another opportunity on the Jewish calendar to remember the past and in turn help reset your personal journey for the future.  We are about halfway (if you can believe it) to the next Yom Kippur.  Passover is a good time to assess how we are doing with the well intentioned resolutions we made at the High Holidays.

As you gather around the Passover table this year and read the Haggadah with family and friends, may we all count our blessings in the present day.

May you be blessed with happiness, prosperity, peace, good health, and a daily dose of humor on Pesach and always!

Happy Passover!