Saturday, April 08, 2017


[T]he main objective of the Seder, the first night of Passover, is to educate to freedom.... This is true freedom: Our ability to shape reality. We have the power to initiate, create and change reality rather than only react and survive it. How can we all educate our children to true freedom? Teach them not to look at reality as defining their acts but to look at their acts as defining reality.... That’s education to freedom; that’s the message of the Seder.
-Yaacov Cohen, Can You Educate to Freedom?

The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom. The first step in the struggle to lift the yoke of bondage must be marked with the blood of idealism — of idealistic men and women who are willing to make the sacrifice that the realization of freedom requires. Liberty is not achieved by complacency; it is not won without suffering the scars of battle. It is accomplished by selflessness and sacrifice; it is won by courageous action.
-Alfred J. Kolatch (1916–2007), The Family Seder: A Traditional Passover Haggadah for the Modern Home 1972