Tonight, Jewish communities in the United States, Israel and around the world will celebrate Passover, a holiday whose ancient history has inspired humanity for millennia.

For many, it will be the first time in three years that families and friends will be able to gather around the Seder table – a testament to the saving miracle of modern medicine and the progress we have made in dealing with an unforgiving pandemic. .

Together again, we will commemorate the exodus from Egypt of the enslaved Israelites. And we will tell a timeless story about this most human quest for freedom. Redemption. Faith. Hope. And, finally, deliverance. A story that has brought comfort and a sense of promise to Jewish communities throughout their history as they have endured acts of persecution, pogroms and even genocide. And one who inspired and empowered oppressed peoples everywhere who, even in their deepest despair, felt that their own liberation was not beyond reach.

On this Passover, we carry in our hearts the people of Ukraine and those around the world whose heroic stand against tyranny inspires us all. The enduring spirit of this holiday continues to teach us that with faith the driest desert can be crossed, the mightiest sea can be split, and hope keeps marching towards the promised land.

To everyone celebrating this Festival of Freedom, Jill and I wish you and your loved ones a happy Easter. Chag Samach!