Photo Credit: courtesy, Sivan Rahav Meir
Sivan Rahav Meir

We’re after Pesach and after the lockdowns. We promised to change a lot during the past year, but promises to change are no big deal when everything’s closed. The big deal is to live up to these promises now that everything’s open.

For example, take our commitment to life at home. How fond we became of Shabbat and holidays spent together as a family. And how we celebrated even ordinary days since we weren’t running off in every direction, but rather talking, playing, and living side by side. Now that we can go wherever we want, will we maintain a balance between life at home and outside of it?

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We spoke a lot about homemade food and home-cooked meals. That we don’t always need to eat outside, in restaurants or on the go, where the menu often consists of factory food saturated with unhealthy ingredients. Will we still remember the importance of eating healthy now that we can again eat whatever we want outside?

Another example: the celebration of bar mitzvahs and weddings. How many times did we hear: “We saved tens of thousands of shekels and the bar mitzvah was so real and beautiful, without inviting people whom we really did want to come and who really would not have wanted to be invited anyway.”

Or: “If only we could continue with small, sane, and joyful weddings… will we have the courage?”

That’s precisely the question. Will we have the courage? Will we remember our promises? Will we change?

Will we “return to form” or will we understand that we did not go through the past year only to return to exactly where we left off. The time is now, and everything depends on us. Pesach is over, but have we truly left slavery for freedom?

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a popular Channel 12 News anchor, the host of a weekly radio show on Galei Tzahal, a columnist for Yediot Aharonot, and the author of “#Parasha.” Every day she shares short Torah thoughts to over 100,000 Israelis – both observant and not – via Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.