On behalf of the Board of Directors of Kahal Joseph,
Let us pray for the health, safety and well-being of all people in these very challenging times. Stay healthy and stay safe with your family.
With warm wishes for a healthy & happy Passover,
Yvette Dabby, President
Shalom. Pesach is coming! There is a beautiful passage from the Zohar which many have the custom of reciting during the Seder.
“The commandment of the Seder night is to speak about the praise of Hashem in liberating us from Egypt. It is an eternally powerful mitzvah. We have established that any person who feels the joy of this liberation and speaks about the story joyfully will experience joy with the Shechinah [the divine presence of Hashem which dwells in all worlds] when it is revealed.
By feeling the joy of the story we are truly having pleasure with Hashem who wrought these miracles. Hashem enjoys the telling of this story. On Pesach night Hashem gathers all of the highest angels and tells them “Go and hear My story of praise that My children are telling, and how joyful they are with My salvation. These angels gather and join with Israel and hear the praise and see the joy we are experiencing. The angels come to G-d and praise Him for the miracles and wonders in Egypt. They praise Him for this holy nation that is in the world, who is so joyful with Hashem and His wonders.
The joyful singing of the Haggadah and Seder adds a lot of strength and might in the higher realms. Israel through their ‘story’ gives strength to Hashem. This is like a king who receives power and might when he is praised. This increases the honor and awe people have of Him. His glory is uplifted on all. Thus, we should really say the Haggadah with abundant joy and praise.”
This year, due to the importance of protecting human life during this time, it is the allowance of the Rabbis to use Zoom calls for people who are alone for the Seder. People should turn on their computers and begin the Zoom link before the holiday begins.