During the month of November many Jewish congregations gather to honor the interfaith families in their midst as a part of www.interfaithfamily.com’s Interfaith Family Month. This is an opportunity to take time to honor the people of other faith traditions who are sharing the journey as part of Jewish communities.
We have learned over the course of history how important our non-Jewish neighbors have been for the survival of the Jewish people. And today we honor the presence of these people in our community. You have given countless times and in countless ways of your hearts, and your souls. You have given fully in ways that help us to grow together, learn together and be inspired by one another.
At Passover is a major Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jewish people's liberation from slavery and Exodus from Egypt. Its Hebrew name is Pesakh. Its name derives from the tenth plague, in which God "passed over" the homes of the Jewish firstborn, slaying only the Egyptian firstborn. Passover is celebrated for a week, and many diaspora Jews celebrate for eight days. The holiday begins at home at a seder meal and ritual the first (and sometimes second) night. Jews tell the story of the Exodus using a text called the haggadah, and eat specific food (matzah, maror, haroset, etc). the Jewish people celebrate the journey from slavery to freedom. While we rejoice over our liberation daily, we must also recognize those whose courage, inspiration, direction, and sacrifice helped us A writ of divorce. Traditionally, only a man can grant his wife a get. Liberal Jews have amended this tradition, making divorce more egalitarian. here. The Jewish people are asked to remember the Exodus from Egypt daily in our prayers and to teach it to our children. Let us remember that Moses, one of the greatest leaders of the Jewish people, taught us that love is more powerful than hate; that we have a responsibility to “welcome the stranger because we were once strangers in the land of Egypt”; and that our future is filled with eternal rebirth, renewal, and hope.
יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְמְרֶךָ
May the eternal bless you and keep you
יָאֵר יהוה פָנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶךָּ
May the light of the eternal be shed upon you and be gracious unto you
יִשָא יהוה פָנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵם לְךָ שָלוֹם
May the eternal bestow favor upon you and give you peace.