On Passover, we emphasize the power of togetherness and the importance of unity.
Tonight, we will gather with family, friends, and guests to retell the story of our escape from slavery, and miraculous exodus from Egypt. This night is so special as Jews around the world connect with one another by sharing our common rituals, songs, and dialogue, sparking a sense of closeness to our fellow Jews who live both near and far.
Yachatz (the breaking of the matzah into halves) is the fourth thing to happen in the Seder. Some believe this act of breaking the matzah resembles that which was practiced all those years ago as slaves in Egypt—if one of the Israelites was given more to eat than another, they would share their extras among one another, so everyone would have enough. The Seder ritual of Yachatz allows us to acknowledge the remarkable bond of brotherhood and sisterhood that was never lost between the Jewish people—one for all, and all for one, no one left behind, even during their darkest days.
Another element of unity that we see from the Passover Story involves the leadership of Moses. While Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, the Jews had to work and walk together as a people, with Moses leading the way.
In unity there is strength. This is something we see on Passover, and as well, at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The amazing work, discoveries, and advancements at Shaare Zedek are possible through the collaborative effort by hospital staff working together, patients and visitors, and of course the support that is felt and received from around the globe. As Jews, we are one people. One story. One heart—just like our Hospital With A Heart.
From our family at The Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation, to yours, Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher V’Sameach (Happy Passover)! As we unite from near and far this year, may we all meet next year in Jerusalem, L’shanah haba’ah b’Yerushalayim ha’benuyah!