Date published: April 5, 2012
Passover is arguably the most widely observed and most memorable holiday on the Jewish calendar. But it is also the one that demands the most from us. Beginning with the painstaking prePesach cleaning to the enormous kosher-for-Passover food bills to the most arduous facet of all - eating unleavened products for eight days - it's a pretty rigorous regimen.
What often gets lost in the restrictions and requirements is the reason we do what we do. As Gutman Locks, who is a fixture at the Western Wall, cautioned this week in a widely circulated email: The most important thing to watch out for during the seder is to "make sure that the children have a good time."
Why? "There is only one reason we have the seder at all: to remember the Exodus from Egypt. And there is only one reason why we must remember the Exodus from Egypt: so we will remain Jews. If we forget our past, there will be no reason to go on as a people. There is only one way for us to remain Jews, and that is to raise Jewish families. Without the children coming back next year, there won't be any Jewish families."
So in addition to wishing all our readers a Happy Pesach, we wish you a truly happy and fun seder for all our sake!