Religious : : Religious Committee Report

As April begins, we are in the middle of Passover and a few days removed from the arrival of Spring.

The Torah places great emphasis on the fact that Passover occurs in the Spring. In biblical times, the month in which the holiday fell was called Aviv (spring). During the first exile in Babylon, the months were given Babylonian names. Passover’s month was renamed Nisan. Although the name shifted, the Hebrews upheld the Torah’s insistence on the link of Spring and Passover.

Some biblical scholars believe that celebrating Passover in the Spring season connects it with pastoral roots and the Paschal lamb with sheep herding and shepherd traditions.

The Torah stresses both the agricultural and the historical aspects of Passover. Our Biblical language and symbols point to Spring as the proper season for deliverance. The rebirth of the earth after winter is nature’s indication that life overcomes death. Spring is nature’s analogue to redemption. Life blossoming, breaking winter’s death grip, gives great credence to the human yearning for liberation.

When we read the Torah with both a historical and religious perspective, we draw the conclusion: Spring is Exodus.

While we look forward to the time when we are completely “liberated,” we can still enjoy our Pesach and Seders together. We hope to “see” you on March 27 and/or 28 at 5:30 pm, as we continue this ancient ritual. We also hope you will join us for all the Pesach Yom Tov services. We wish you and yours a Chag Pesach Sameach.

Sandy Shapiro & Arnold Miller