web analytics
July 6, 2015 / 19 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post


Pesach – The Holiday of Freedom

PTI-041814

This is demonstrated by non-Jews who decide to convert.  Why should anyone convert to Judaism?  After all, everyone has a place in the World to Come (Gemara Sanhedrin 105a).  We know that every human is commanded to keep the seven Noahide laws. A Jew, however, has 613 mitzvos, in addition to many other warnings, violations and prohibitions.  It’s obviously easier to adhere to seven commandments perfectly than to 613.  Why risk converting and messing up?  The reason is clear:  the convert recognizes that a Jew is a different entity.  To be part of this new category, to have a soul of a Jew, is worth the risk.

 

Pesach… zman cheirusainu… the time of our freedom, the foundation of our faith was a time of this new creation, of our birth.  The foundation of our relationship with Hashem, our Creator, now takes us to an entirely new dimension.  We are a nation whose whole existence is founded on the ability to experience a revelation of Hashem.

 

This is what it means to be a Jew.

 

Yet today – in 2014 – how does that translate into something practical in our lives?

 

I would postulate that the very first step to success is coming to terms with our unique qualities and sense of destiny.  If we feel in our bones that we can experience Hashem, we will have a solid ground to move on.  Still, all privileges come with responsibilities.  As we experience Hashem, we are the perfect Divine ambassadors.  We, Klal Yisroel, represent Hashem in this world.  Hopefully, we will remember to carefully scrutinize all our actions and dealings and be worthy of the awesome role we have been given.

About the Author: Rabbi Baruch Bodenheim is Associate Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Passaic Torah Institute, Passaic, NJ.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Pesach – The Holiday of Freedom”

  1. Let’s break the chains!

  2. Easy no one witnessed the creation, and is being disputed. However millions of people witnessed the Exodus!

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Aerial firefighters put out blaze ignited by Palestinian Authority arsonists near Jerusalem on Saturday.
Palestinian Authority Arabs Trying to Burn Down Israel
Latest Judaism Stories
17th_of_Tammuz_(medium)_(english)

17th of Tammuz: Beginning 3 weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Avi Weiss

With Ruth, The Torah seems to be stating that children shouldn’t be punished for the sins of parents

Neihaus-070315

Without a foundation, one cannot hope to build a structure.

Torat-Hakehillah-logo-NEW

Why do we have a parsha in Sefer Shemos named after Yisro who was not only a former idolater, but actually served as a priest for Avodah Zarah!

Question: Should we wash our hands in the bathroom with soap and water, or by pouring water from a vessel with handles three times, alternating hands? I have heard it said that a vessel is used only in the morning upon awakening. What are the rules pertaining to young children? What is the protocol if no vessel is available? Additionally, may we dry our hands via an electric dryer?

Harry Koenigsberg
(Via E-Mail)

This Land Is ‘My’ Land
‘[If The Vow Was Imposed] In The Seventh Year…’
(Nedarim 42b)

The Shulchan Aruch in the very first siman states that one should rise in the morning like a lion, implying that simply rising form bed requires strength of a lion, in line with the Midrash.

Attempts to interpret the message of Hashem in the absence of divine prophecy ultimately may twist that message in unintended ways that can lead to calamitous events.

Suddenly, the pilot’s voice could be heard. He explained that this was a special day for those passengers on board who lived in Israel.

If the sick person is thrust into a situation where he is compelled to face his sickness head on, we who are not yet sick can encourage him by facing it with him.

All agree that Jews ARE different. How? Why? The Bible’s answer is surprising and profound.

What’s the nation of Israel’s purpose in the world? How we can bring God’s blessings into the world?

“Is there a difference between rescuing and other services?” asked Ploni.

To my dismay, I’ve seen that shidduch candidates with money become ALL desirable traits for marriage

Bil’am’s character is complex and nuanced; neither purely good nor purely evil.

More Articles from Rabbi Baruch Bodenheim
Bodenheim-032715

Our ability to teach is only successful if done by example.

PTI-logo-NEW

This is a recurring theme in this week’s parsha, in which there are many mistakes made based on perception.

People love their GPS; just type in the address and it tells you exactly how to get to where you want to go.

There is one day of the year on which the Satan has no power: Yom Kippur.

When we hear the words “Rosh Hashana is coming” it really means Hashem Himself is coming!

Who does not want to get close to Hashem? Yet, how do we do that?

Perhaps, just perhaps, we can relate to this: whenever we feel distant from Hashem, that is the Churban.

Life is what you make of it. And if our lives are defined by Torah, then these weeks of Sefira are all about making the most of it.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/holidays/pesach-the-holiday-of-freedom/2014/04/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: