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A Certain Future

Thursday, 21 April, 2022 - 9:17 am

We’d like to hope that our future is promising.

We’d like to imagine that war, economic uncertainty, health issues and the nasty neighbor next door are things of the past.

But, alas, none of us can tell the future, so we remain dependent on the volatile situation at hand.


In Jewish history we, too, have lived perpetually in fear of all sorts of challenges.  Every time things look up for the Jewish people – physically or spiritually – we constantly have our eyes looking around the corner for the next trouble ahead. The Haggadah itself reminds us of this notion, with its piercing words, “This is what has stood by our fathers and us! For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!”

At times it’s simple anti-Semitism; or it’s the harsh reality of warfare; it may be the fear of destruction to our Beit Hamikdash (sacred Temple) in Jerusalem due to infighting; or maybe it’s just the frightful erosion of our people due to assimilation.  Whatever our qualms, they have not subsided.  Think tanks, rabbis, the media, committees and cynics all chime in. But the uncertainty persists.


On the seventh day of Pesach we celebrate the Splitting of the Sea. This secured the freedom of our people from the tyrant Pharaoh and his enslavement. The people were given proof of their liberty when Pharaoh’s men washed up on the sea. But, only days later they faced Amalek in battle. And the problems kept coming and going, coming and going.

The final day of Pesach celebrates a victory of different sorts. On the eighth day we do not focus on the past, but the future.  We rejoice over the redemption that has not yet come, the arrival of Moshiach.

How, you might ask, can we celebrate something that has not yet occurred?

The key to “living” with and rejoicing in the future Redemption of the Jewish people is to remember G-d’s promise that after Moshiach will come He will rebuild the Holy Temple and the Jewish people will never again be exiled.  The future Redemption will be a final redemption.

Now, that is reassurance. And that is cause to celebrate.

In fact, we celebrate the conclusion of Pesach with a Meal of Moshiach to align ourselves with this uplifting energy. Please join us for a special grand finale on Shabbat evening.

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