Pessach, Its Joys, Its Memories
Pessach is a joyful, very meaningful holiday. It is about the Jewish people, our strengths, our history, our memories and our past. It reminds us of the Pharoahs of the world, the Hitlers, those who wanted to hurt us, to destroy us. They succeeded in annihilating six million of our people. It made the Germans and Poles feel “heroic” by managing to destroy helpless unarmed human beings who had no means of protecting themselves. It shows us and our Jewish brethren what is important in our lives and much more. There were many lessons learned. Giving in to murderers and sadists was never and never is a way of protecting ourselves against the psychopaths of the world.
The Israelis are our people who
learned from the past that they cannot and will not accept the evildoers who are
there to destroy them. Courage,
understanding, instant retaliation for the determined evil killers among the
Arabs in Israel have taught the world that psychopaths will not be permitted to
express their evil deeds without immediate reprisal by the Israelis.
we keep this holy eight day celebration, we learn that we can control ourselves
by eating Matzos, not Chometz, staying away from foods which are forbidden,
using our energy to bring forth the special dishes
that are only used for the eight day Yom Tov
once a year. It is a time to
give Tzedakah (charity to the poor), to invite
our Jewish brethren who do not or cannot have a Seder for themselves, be
proud of our Jewish religion, and glow in the light of our beliefs and our
survival. We are together with our
family and those that believe in “Haschem” and the miracles that are
possible if we have faith. It takes us into the path and reminds us of all we
have suffered, the many days in the desert, the slavery our ancestors
experienced, the miracles that hashem produced by sending the ten plagues to our
enemies. It gives us hope that the
world can be better, that we will survive and not be totally destroyed by the
Hamans, the Pharaoahs, the Hitlers, of the world. We have hope and faith that we will not be the scapegoats of
the universe for the aggrandizement of the evildoers. This holy day teaches us that there is hope in being the
“chosen people” for the good of humanity; to add to the world’s kindness,
reality, insight, and knowledge. We have learned over the centuries that those
who damn us, those who have killed us to satisfy their own hostilities,
are the evildoers of society, the jealous ones, the incompetent ones, the
thieves, murderers, and criminals in the world.
They only feel satisfied when they can do as much damage to their fellow
men as possible. They have no
conscience to halt them in the performance of their evil deeds.
They only feel satiated when others starve; they feel strong when they
can annihilate those who seem to be in their way.
They are the sadists of society who by torturing, minimizing, and
besmirching their neighbors can feel important.
As Jewish people, let us celebrate Pessach with the lessons of the past, the joy of the present, with the happy anticipation of the future, as we stand together with our brethren and our neighbors.
Dr. Ursula A. Falk is a psychotherapist in private practice and the author of several books and articles.