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How to Say Goodbye to What Enslaves Us

04/18/2019 08:11:21 AM


Rabbi Sam Trief

Lately, I find myself watching late-night episodes of the hit Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo".

Kondo’s philosophy happens to fit quite nicely with the theme of Passover. She teaches: 
Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service–then let them go.

Passover, as we all well know, is about redemption and freedom. It hearkens us back to a time when our people were enslaved, our people were in bondage. And then, with the help of divine intervention, we became free.

While biblical slavery is a distant memory, we are all slaves to something, in our own way. Whether it is unhealthy relationships or unhealthy habits, Passover charges to ask the question: How would our life be better if we were free from whatever it is that enslaves us? This holiday gives us the inspiration we need, to say goodbye to the people, thoughts, and habits that keep us in bondage.

If you have been to Temple Sinai recently, you may have noticed the incredible freedom banner hanging in the foyer. The banner states, “Once we were slaves in Egypt, now we are free. What does freedom mean to you?” This banner, a project of the Kavanah Committee, provides us with the opportunity to express ourselves as it relates to freedom and to actualize what freedom means to us in 2019. For me personally, this Passover I am working to get rid of judgmental thoughts about myself and others. I know that ridding myself of this bad habit, will certainly help me to feel freer and lighter. Please come to Sinai and add your voice to our banner and to our collective Temple Sinai Passover story.

Wishing you a beautiful and meaningful Passover...may the rich traditions of our religion and culture uplift you and inspire you this holiday season. 

Chag Sameach,


Here’s a musical way to get ready for Passover with Nefesh Mountain-
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