Our Sages, in formulating the text of the Yom Tob prayer, referred to Pesah as “Zeman Herutenu” – “our occasion of freedom.” The central theme of Pesah, then, is freedom.
Tradition teaches that our holidays are not purely commemorative. We do not observe the holidays simply to commemorate events that took place long ago. Rather, the forces that were in play and brought about those events resurface each year on each holiday. This means that on Pesah we do not simply commemorate our attainment of freedom from the Egyptians, but rather have the unique potential to achieve freedom ourselves. On Pesah, the spiritual forces that enable us to achieve freedom are available to us, empowering us to reach this goal.
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