Our friends at Certé will once again be offering a special Passover menu for CRS with all of the seder plate essentials, gefilte fish, and an entire Seder meal. Be sure to place your order by 2:00 PM on MON, APR 4. Please note all orders are to be picked up only at CRS on Friday, April 15 between 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.
For eight days, we commemorate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. G-d sent Moses to Pharaoh with this message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But Pharaoh refused to listen so G‑d sent ten plagues to Egypt. The Israelites, spared by G-d, fled for Mount Sinai.
The story of Passover is about the search for freedom and faith made possible because of our strength and steady resilience. Every year at the seder table, we read in the Hagaddah how we have the power to triumph over adversity. A testament to our faith, yes, as well as our responsibility to pass on our story l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation – to never forget that we survived plague and persecution through the millennia.
So we read from the Hagaddah, drink four cups of wine, hide the afikomen, await Elijah’s presence, and because our ancestors only had unleavened bread to eat, we therefore eat matzah. And what of the charoses sandwich we make with our matzah, a sandwich that stands in for the mud and straw with which the Israelite slaves made bricks? Let it represent for us, this year, the bricks of our magnificent temple building in which we have made our return. Our own cherished congregational home that still stands and where, full of hope and optimism, we happily enter its doors together again. Dayenu!