I wasn't able to attend a Passover Seder this year, unfortunately, but I have been thinking about the stories and themes that are recited and remembered this time of year, particularly that Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being. The following is from President Obama's statement this year, which I find particularly relevant from where I sit, and considering the political decisions Americans will have to make this year. Chag Sameach to all of you.
"Passover is a celebration of the freedom our ancestors dreamed of, fought for, and ultimately won. But even as we give thanks, we are called to look to the future. We are reminded that responsibility does not end when we reach the promised land, it only begins. As my family and I prepare to once again take part in this ancient and powerful tradition, I am hopeful that we can draw upon the best in ourselves to find the promise in the days that lie ahead, meet the challenges that will come, and continuing the hard work of repairing the world."