For more than three thousand years, Jews have gathered to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. There is no Jewish ceremony more widely celebrated than the Passover Seder, regardless of a Jew’s background. Indeed, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov reminds us that “the Exodus from Egypt occurs in every human being, in every era, in every day.” We celebrate Passover as members of a community that has known the struggle for freedom. In fact, it is during the Seder that we read that we ourselves were slaves in Egypt.
Slavery is not just a physical limitation--often it is a mindset that holds us back, resulting in missed experiences and opportunities. Freedom is within grasp; Passover reminds us that we need to reach. For Penn State Hillel, this means providing our students with full access to learning, and encouraging them to deepen their self-discovery and growth while breaking down self-imposed limitations. We aim to inspire in Penn State’s 5,000 Jewish students the strength and confidence to reach, no matter how out of grasp things might seem.
We hope that you had a meaningful Pesach! Only 2 more days of matzah!