Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Pesach - 5777

TEACHING BY EXAMPLE

Hypocrisy is the greatest barrier on the road to successful moral education.  'Do as I say, rather than as I do' has been ignored by the child and student for many generations.

On the Seder night we have a very important mission to achieve, namely; to inspire our children to value their heritage and traditions.  However, it cannot be achieved if we do not feel the significance and the value of the experience.

With the words "Ve'higadeta Le'bincha" the Torah instructs us to share the story of the Exodus on the night of Pesach.  Yet, a prerequisite for telling over, in a way that actually has an impact, is to feel that we ourselves experienced the events.

When reading the Haggadah and saying the Hallel, let us be mindful of our blessings-the physical and the spiritual ones- and remember that with Pesach we begin our great journey on a road of meaning and fulfillment, where we have the privilege of teaching humanity the value of life and the purpose of existence.

Shabbat Shalom, Chag Sameach