Monday, April 18, 2011
A Background Briefing on Passover
With the first Seder almost upon us, here is a traditional view on the meaning of Passover as it relates to the history of the Jewish people, courtesy of YouTube's TorahChannel, and GoldharSchool.org:
As Reform Jews we do not necessarily take the Orthodox view on Biblical history presented here so cogently by Rabbi Goldhar, but are asked to make up our own minds about what ought to be taken metaphorically, and what literally.
More importantly, it is incumbent upon us to decide for ourselves about the meaning and value of Jewish traditions and beliefs--as the Rabbi explains, above all, to ask questions.
And it helps to begin by understanding our traditions and beliefs, to make informed and educated decisions about our spiritual life, and especially when it comes to this celebration of the defining moment of the Jewish people, Pesach.