We learn from Mishnah Pesachim 10:5 “Every person in every generation must regard himself as having been personally freed from Egypt.” Now that we are in the midst of Passover, with our seders complete, we can step away from the collective learning we have done at our seders. We can ask ourselves individually what we are taking from this celebration of freedom. How do we find our own personal meaning from Passover and allow this holiday to help us become more spiritually in-tune with ourselves and the path of our lives this year? Passover is a great time for us to think about the freedoms we enjoy, not just the civil liberties given to us, but the things we have personally overcome. And, then we can set goals for ourselves in the year to come to free ourselves from another symbolic shackle and chain binding us. It will be interesting to see if we can at least set ourselves in motion forward toward that goal before this Passover ends, and hope to reach it by next year’s holiday.
What are some of the shackles that you have escaped, let go of, or freed yourself from? How do you recognize and celebrate your personal freedoms? Moadim L’Simchah.