Universal Meaning of Passover
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of April 2, 2007
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This week Jews celebrate Passover.
It’s a holiday associated with the Jewish exodus from Egypt over 3000 years ago-a journey from slavery to freedom.
Subsequently, two seminal events occurred: The giving of the commandments, our moral code, at Sinai and the return to the Land of Israel, our historic homeland.
Passover also has universal meaning.
During the civil rights struggle, African Americans, yearning for full equality, sang a spiritual whose words include: “When Israel was in Egypt’s land, let my people go... Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt’s land, tell old Pharaoh to let my people go.”
And did you know that John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson proposed a national seal with a scene of the Jewish exodus from Egypt?
May the triumph of liberty and religious freedom enshrined in the Passover story always prevail ― at home and around the world.
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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.Date: 4/2/2007