From the Rabbi:
According to the Jewish tradition, the most important event in the history of our people was the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago. In the opening blessings of the morning prayers, everyday of the week the observant Jew thanks God she-asani ben/bat chorin - for making me free. Every morning and evening, the observant Jew recites the Mi Chamocha prayer, which the Israelites recited after crossing the Sea of Reeds after their departure from Egypt. In the Kiddush for Friday evening and for the eve of every Jewish festival, we refer to the sacred occasion as zecher litziat Mitzrayim - a remembrance of the Exodus from Egypt.
Because freedom is considered so important in the Jewish value system, the liturgy makes reference to the Exodus from Egypt every day of the year.
But there is one Jewish festival which is devoted exclusively to freedom, to the Exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. And, of course, that holiday is Passover.
The Haggadah instructs every single Jew to feel that he/she personally was liberated from Egyptian slavery -- that he/she personally owes his/her status as a free person to God.
We should never take our freedoms for granted. Most of the people in the world do not enjoy the freedoms which those of us who live in the United States enjoy. We should all be thankful to God that we live in the United States. This is not a perfect country, but the freedoms we enjoy far exceed the freedoms enjoyed by the vast majority of people in the world.
And as Jews, each one of us has an obligation to our heritage to attend a Seder, which we, as residents of a free country, have the right to attend.
Chag sameach. Happy holiday.
.Rabbi David Weissman
President Lily Ann Revitch
Spring is in the air we have changed the clocks all of this means Passover is very close I do hope you planned to attend our Community Seder it is a wonderful way to celebrate Passover .
We are nearly at the end of the renovations to the new building the floors are in, just finale touch up & the interior will be finished, The next be part to the puzzle is the parking lot out back & to raise the walkway at the front of the building. These things depend on the weather as the back has to still dry out a little more.
When the outside is finished we then will have a final inspection & hope to receive our occupancy permit. With the help of Adonai & Horry County we should be able to use the Building by the end of April. It has been a long journey but I am positive you will all be pleased with the end Result.
I want to thank Gabe Brenner, Cookie Brenner, Bob Seiden & Linda Post for their help with this great project. May we all be blessed as we enter the new Sanctuary the new home of Temple Shalom.