Celebrating freedom / La fête de la libération

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The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover, we have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that our ancestors gained.

My family and I wish you good health and happiness and especially the right to freedom for all those who have yet to be liberated around the world.

La fête de Pessah (Pâque juive), une des plus importantes fêtes du calendrier juif, marque la sortie de l’esclavage et la fuite d’Egypte. Pessah symbolise la conquête de la liberté et la naissance de la nation juive.  Le renouvellement de cette fête chaque année vient nous rappeler que la liberté n’est jamais acquise, qu’elle doit sans cesse se forger.

Joyeuse fête de Pessah! 

There are some fantastic videos on the web this year that I’ll share with you here.

From the talented folks at Federation CJA (The Federation of Jewish Community Services of Montreal):

Dayenu, Coming Home – The Fountainheads Passover Song:

My kids and I enjoy the Prince of Egypt.  Here is the Exodus, central to the story of Passover:

And my personal favourite is the story of the Crossing of the Red Sea.  It is said that as the waters parted the first person to step forward before the frightened nation was none other than Nachshon:

And here is a cool recounting of the Passover story from a Google point of view:

Happy Passover – Celebrating freedom, even in Cuba

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This is a Passover card from ORT Cuba that the tiny Jewish Cuban community sends around the world.  The unity of the Jewish People for thousands of years is remarkable.  That a community such as theirs, in Cuba, continues to celebrate freedom, isn’t ironic at all.  It is typical of Jewish communities everywhere, even for those who rights and liberties pale in comparison to ours here in Canada.

Several years ago I served as chair of the Cuban Jewry Task force at Canadian Jewish Congress.  Their community relies upon Canadian Jews, as well as those in Mexico, Venezuela and elsewhere to maintain their Jewish lifeline.  Their determination and resilience should serve as an inspiration to all.

Passover is also a special holiday for the entire Nashen (Nachshen) Family as the namesake of our clan, Nachshon Ben Aminadav, a Prince of the Tribe of Judah, was the first to enter the waters during the Splitting of the Red Sea. 

From my family to yours, Happy Passover.  And thanks to Jacob Kincler for sending me this beautiful ORT card.

CJC provides fresh food to Cuban Jewry during visit, Suburban

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