Quote of the Day: Humility and Gratitude

“Dressed in our sartorial finery, sitting around a table bedecked with silver goblets and our best china, surrounded by loving family and friends while eating a gourmet dinner and drinking vintage wines, what better time to be reminded of our humble and humiliating origins and of our existential dependency?  What better way to nurture within us a degree of humility and a sense of appreciation and gratitude for the privilege and bounty that are our daily fare?  And what better way to cultivate our commitment to liberate those among us who are still enslaved by abusive rulers, devastating poverty and unrestrained passions and greed?

The Seder meal is not a party.  It is not simply a good meal.  Rather, it is a most serious and sacred opportunity to formulate our Jewish mission and transmit a Jewish identity by recalling and interpreting the compelling story of our past.  The Jewish people developed its character, gave meaning to its history and articulated its values around the Seder table.

As part of this tradition you too can make this year’s Seder a meaningful experience that will motivate you to consider your responsibilities to humanity and to the Jewish community.  Our collective redemption hangs in the balance.”

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, Executive Director of Hillel at UCLA

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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