A family at the Passover table, illustration by Arthur Szyk.
And this day shall become a memorial for you, and you shall observe it as a festival for the L-RD, for your generations, as an eternal decree shall you observe it. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove the leaven from your homes … you shall guard the unleavened bread, because on this very day I will take you out of the land of Egypt; you shall observe this day for your generations as an eternal decree.
— Exodus 12:14-17
On Passover, we celebrate the flight from slavery in Egypt and our emerging nationhood.
In a new, articulate and deeply moving Haggadah, The Royal Table, by Rabbi Norman Lamm, the distinguished former President of Yeshiva University comments:
The festival of Passover is the celebration of our freedom. Passover not only commemorates an act of liberation in the dim past, but reminds us that the aspiration to and striving for freedom are unending tasks. Freedom is quixotic. One is never sure of it. It is not something which, once achieved, is forever certain, safe and secure. It requires constant struggle. Judaism no doubt endorses the American revolutionary slogan: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
All of Jewish history is, in a manner of speaking, a long record of freedom lost and regained; a drama of galut and ge’ulah (exile and redemption); of herut and avdut (freedom and slavery). It is as if Jewish history were really a large Seder table, where sometimes we drink the Four Cups [of wine] and are heady with freedom—and then bite into the bitter herbs and experience the agony of subjugation.
It is important to note that the Pilgrims saw themselves in the mold of the Children of Israel. They were, like the Jews, fleeing the slavery of persecution for the shores of religious freedom.
The new American identification with the Children of Israel was so strong there was, in fact, a proposal to establish Hebrew as the official American language.
Yesterday, I told Karen that the vote for Socialized medicine in the U.S. Senate, just a few days before Passover, was deeply meaningful.
Obama is a new Pharaoh and his push for government intrusion into every aspect of our lives is a declaration of war against traditional American freedoms. Now, the Democrat-Socialists will move on to tax and trade, job-killing green policies, and amnesty for illegal immigrants, thus more entitlements and more Democrat-Socialist voters.
And of course, in foreign policy, Obama will undermine Israel, continuing the malignant Jew-hatred of his 20-year spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright.
Will America submit to slavery or resist and defeat this leftist tyranny?
One word: Repeal
Twenty ways Obamacare will take away our freedoms.
H/T Lance Fogel