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The 9th Day of Passover

Friday, 17 April, 2020 - 2:09 pm

We were strong, we were strong, and we were strengthened. We did it. The Jewish people got through a Pesach under some of the strangest of circumstances. I am especially proud of those of you who managed even while alone for the first time on Pesach. These anti-bodies will strengthen us even more!

In many Haggadahs, after the declaration “Next Year in Jerusalem,” there is a passage to the effect of “this concludes the Passover Seder, may we merit to celebrate again in years to come.” However, in the Chabad edition of the Haggadah, this passage is omitted. Why? Because from the standpoint of Chassidic thought, the spirit of Passover must live on. The message of freedom and liberation must continue to resonate with us. The Passover Seder does not come to an end, it is actually a spring board for a new beginning.

This year more than ever we must tap into this idea. We need to draw inspiration and strength from our Coronavirus Passover experience to get us through the rest of this uncertainty.

So on this 9th day of Passover, I wish you continued inner freedom along with the fortitude to soldier on as we push on toward the goal of complete salvation and healing for all through the coming of Moshiach!

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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