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Pesach, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

Chaim final constant contactIn a few days we will sit down at our seders and reflect on our ancestors’ journey out of Egypt, and the story of the Exodus. Passover is a time of gathering together to create new family memories, share special moments and welcome loved ones, friends and family into our homes.

The word for Passover in Hebrew, Pesach, can be described as the combination of two words: “Pe” and “Sach,” which together mean “Mouth Tells.” It is not enough to read the Haggadah, we are required to “tell” the Haggadah, which describes the redemption of our people from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the past week and through this week as well, model seders took place throughout the campus in preparation for the upcoming family seders that many our students will soon proudly lead. These traditions are what keeps both the memories and the values of those who came before us alive in our hearts, and that is an important part of what Jewish education is all about, whether at school or at home.

Included in the Passover tradition is recognizing that we are all one people with a common story and a common future, and that different communities keep their local traditions alive through the ages for all of us to cherish and appreciate. Whether your seder has a Persian, Spanish, Israeli, South African, Canadian, New York, Yeshivish, or SoCal accent, it is of no matter. We are all part of the never ending flow of Jewish history, transmitted m’dor ledor, from one generation to the next.

From all of us at San Diego Jewish Academy, Chag Pesach Kasher v’Sameach, May you have a wonderful Passover holiday.

Chaim

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