Perhaps never before has the story of Passover transcended the borders of religion to apply to all my friends in the U.S. Who among us isn’t ready to be done with the phrase, “living through an historic crisis?” From wiping down our groceries and our grocery cart, loved ones being absent from holiday traditions, and – worst of all – watching many of those we love catch the deadly virus, all of mankind is certainly ready for an exodus from our current situation.
The traditional Passover holiday centers on a population that lived through an historic crisis themselves and survived under God’s divine providence. In the book of Exodus we learn that Moses, who was miraculously saved as a baby and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, grew up to lead the people of Israel out from under the brutal slavery of Pharaoh. After repeated demands from Moses, through a series of miracles, and ten infamous plagues, Pharaoh sends the Hebrew nation out of Egypt. Passover commemorates this deliverance from slavery and God’s hand of protection over the Jewish people.
The holiday signals a time of gratitude for God’s deliverance. Jewish families will remember how the Hebrew nation has been delivered from enemies, both in Biblical times, and in the modern era. Many will also celebrate the re-birth of the young nation of Israel. But I’m sure most everyone can identify with this sacred holiday in some way, having some sort of deliverance to rejoice in. Anyone who has survived COVID has much to be grateful for this year. And with Passover commemorating freedom from slavery, this is certainly something all Americans can celebrate together.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Itai Schimmel