Passover ’24 D’var Torah

Hey everyone,

As we approach Passover, it’s not just about the matzah and the maror—it’s about the story behind them. The Passover story isn’t just an ancient tale; it’s a living narrative that speaks to us today, especially as members of USY.

Think about it: the Israelites, our ancestors, were enslaved in Egypt, yearning for freedom. Their journey from bondage to liberation wasn’t just a physical one; it was also a spiritual awakening. It’s a story of resilience, courage, and the power of community—all values that resonate deeply with us in USY.

Now, why do we eat matzah? Sure, it’s unleavened bread, symbolizing the haste with which our ancestors fled Egypt. But it’s more than that. Matzah represents humility and simplicity. It reminds us that even in our busiest lives, we must make space for the things that truly matter—like freedom, justice, and compassion.

So, why should you read the Passover story? Because it’s not just a history lesson; it’s a call to action. It challenges us to confront injustice, to strive for a better world, and to never forget our responsibility to those still yearning for freedom.

As members of USY, we’re part of a tradition of activism and leadership. Just like the Israelites of old, we have the power to make a difference. So, let’s embrace the lessons of Passover, let’s devour the story with hungry hearts, and let’s commit ourselves to building a world where all people can live in dignity and freedom.

Chag Pesah Sameah!