Tonight, we celebrate freedom. Passover is the time of year when we recall our exodus from Egypt. Our escape from horrible conditions and a horrible tyrant.
For me, this Midrash sums up what this season is all about:
“…When Moses was fleeing the Egyptians, he arrived at the Red Sea with his thousands of followers. Moses lifted up his staff, hoping for a miracle—but the sea did not part. The Egyptian soldiers were closing in, and Moses and his followers were stuck at the shore. It was only a matter of time before every one of them would be slaughtered. Naturally, Moses and his followers were panicking. No one knew what to do. And then, just before the Egyptian army caught up to them, a Hebrew named Nachshon did something unexpected. He simply walked into the Red Sea. He waded up to his ankles, then his knees, then his waist, then his shoulders. And right when the water was about to get up to his nostrils, it happened: the sea parted. The point, said Rabbi Bachman, is that ‘sometimes miracles occur only when you jump in.’” —A.J. Jacobs, foreword to My Jewish Year by Abigail Pogrebin
Miracles happen all the time, all around us. Rabbi Bachman was very wise when he summarized this midrash in 8 simple words. Sometimes we need to be proactive in our search for a miracle.
My family wishes each of you a Chag Pesach Sameach and hope that as you celebrate our freedom by retelling the story of the exodus, remember Nachshon. Sometimes, the only way across that large divide is to just jump in and have faith.
Kol tuv,Cantor Gluck