03 Apr Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for First and Second Day of Passover 5775
This Shabbat we take a week off from our regularly scheduled Parashat HaShavuah (our weekly Torah portion) to read the special Torah reading for the First Day of Passover. The reading comes from the book of Exodus and recalls the night that the firstborn of Egypt were killed, the night that the Israelites were redeemed from Egypt. This reading works together with the instruction at the Pesach Seder that we are all supposed to feel as if we are the ones who walked out of Egypt. The idea is that through the rituals of Passover we too should feel as if we are being redeemed from the slavery of Egypt. While of course we are not physically enslaved Egypt, we all have forces that enslave us within our own lives and recognize the sad but honest truth that too many in the world are truly enslaved. Let us work together in the coming year to redeem those who thirst for freedom so that they too can feel as if they were with our ancestors when they marched out of Egypt.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher V’sameach!
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik