The IJC wishes all of Am Israel a Pesach Sameach
“In every generation a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt”
(Mishnah Tractate Pesachim Chapter 10 verse 5).
In the name of the Israeli Jewish Congress and in my name please allow me to wish you and your loved ones a Pessach Sameach. This feast symbolizes freedom, growth and rebirth.
At the center of this holiday is the Exodus from Egypt, an age-old story which reinforces the values of freedom, independence, cooperation and equality which in this day and age are more relevant than ever. In the Pesachim Tractate of the Mishnah it is said: “In every generation a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt” and indeed we have the obligation to conserve the story of our People and the collective memory which for generations has accompanied us in order to continue to act decisively and continuously for the prosperity, safety and development of Jewish communities all over the world.
In this spirit we will wish each other: “In every generation, a person must remove the shackles of bondage, of the toil imposed upon him. Revolt against prejudice, go forth and erupt from the internment, towards the open spaces, towards the freedom. In every generation a person needs to choose, and only at the moment of choosing does the person discover his freedom” (Or Adam).
“This year we are here; next year in the land of Israel. This year we are slaves; next year we will be free people” (Pessach Hagada).
I wish for all of us to celebrate Pessach this year and in the years to come in peace and quiet, prosperity and safety for the sake of our of future and of our children’s future.
President of the IJC