Take a journey back in history thousands of years. The Jews were enslaved by the most powerful empire – the Egyptians. The powerful and mighty should have outlived the weak and oppressed. But that is not what happened.
Miracle after miracle and throughout all of the struggles, the Jews have survived. How could it be that the strong Egyptian Empire perished while the seemingly weak Jews survived and flourished?
Immortality and the Jews
Ancient Egypt believed that they had the answer to immortality: stone. Because stone lasts, they thought that is how they would last as well. By building memorials of stone, the Egyptians were convinced that they could outlive anything.
The ancient Hebrews knew that the secret to immortality is in fact not such a secret. It happens through being a Godly nation, living a life according to the Bible, and passing it on to the next generation. The Jewish People impart their story, generation after generation.
The Passover Seder
That is what happens at the Passover Seder. Jews all over the world add another link to their history; another link in the chain of sharing their story that is still unfinished. Children learn how the Jewish morals and traditions made the world what it is today. Jews revealed to the world the sacredness of human life. They showed the world that everyone is equal before God. On the Seder night, the Jewish People recount their commitment to God at Mount Sinai. Despite the tough journey, the Jewish People never gave up their faith in God.
At the Passover Seder, telling over the story of the Jewish People makes each person a part of that chain of history. Recounting the narrative helps build the next generation and continue the story of the most courageous nation in the world.
Now that is something to celebrate.