[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]My father served in the Navy during World War II, and the Haggadah we used in our home during our Passover meal was “for members of the Armed Forces of the United States.” It was first published in 1943 — over sixty years ago — but I am amazed how appropriate (and how conservative!) this “Message of Passover” is even today:
Freedom is the heritage which God gave us in the past; but it has to be won ever anew and ever again made our own…Even in the darkest hours of history, within the Jewish home there has been the light of the deathless faith of the Jew that human freedom is the purpose of the God who brought us in every generation from slavery to freedom…Though dictatorships may rise up intent on burying human liberty, so long as Israel cherishes the Haggadah of Passover, freedom will not die from the world.May God grant a speedy redemption to Israel and to all mankind yearning for the God-given gift of liberty.
Amen. The message of Passover is freedom and liberty. It is not a Jewish message; it is for ALL humanity.