Why Passover Symbolizes ‘America’s Message’ and ‘You Are Not a Victim’


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Passover begins this Friday evening at sunset – marking the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and their exodus, led by Moses.

Lasting eight days, Passover is the oldest and longest holiday in the Jewish calendar.

As Jews around the world prepare to begin the Passover holiday, Rabbi Pinchas Taylor of Plantation, Florida, told Fox News Digital that “the paradigm of exodus is embedded in the roots of America “.

“It’s the recurring theme of exodus that underlies all demonstrations of American freedom and the strength that makes our country better.”

“Passover is America’s message,” he said. “It was the battle cry of American patriotism that galvanized the Revolutionary War, the script that inspired the fight to end slavery, and the message that holds the key to making this country great by empowering its citizens today.

Yes, he added, “The Passover celebrates the fact that God freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. The Jewish community tells the story every year and relives the experience on the anniversary of the Exodus. “

Rabbi Taylor shared his thoughts with Fox News Digital on Passover, which begins April 15, 2022. He described the story of the exodus as “timeless.”
(Rabbi Pinchas Taylor/Chabad.org)

But he also pointed out: “The early settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony saw their emigration from England as a reenactment of the exodus. America was their promised land; crossing the Atlantic Ocean was the Red Sea; and the king of England was the pharaoh. “

Taylor pointed out that “During the American Revolution, George Washington was commonly compared to Moses – and when the Continental Congress appointed the first committee to design a great seal, or national emblem, for the country, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson chose an allegorical scene, with Moses standing on the shore, stretching out his hand over the Red Sea.”

George Washington, the first president, is shown in this 1837 engraving. He was commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War during 1775-1783.  Engraved by W. Humphreys from a photo by G. Stewart and published in The Gallery of Portraits with Memoirs, London Charles Knight, Ludgate Street.

George Washington, the first president, is shown in this 1837 engraving. He was commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War during 1775-1783. Engraved by W. Humphreys from a photo by G. Stewart and published in The Gallery of Portraits with Memoirs, London Charles Knight, Ludgate Street.
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As Passover honors the liberation of the Jewish people enslaved in Egypt, Taylor said the art, symbols and literature in the abolition struggle “were saturated with biblical texts like ‘Let my people go!’ and the enslaved population found strength and inspiration in the story of the Exodus.”

Taylor described the exodus as “timeless”.

The “quest” for life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness “inspired people to fight for freedom and get rid of tyranny”.

“It’s the recurring theme of exodus that underpins all demonstrations of American freedom and the strength that makes our country better,” he told Fox News Digital. “Exodus teaches that each individual is endowed by their Creator with purpose. Ultimately, no outside force will succeed in enslaving or victimizing you. Whatever your situation, God will bring you out of your affliction.”

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He noted that the “quest” for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness “inspired people to strive for freedom and get rid of tyranny. However,” he added, “if we look at the human condition, there are many self-defeating behaviors plaguing society today, which lead in the opposite direction – personal enslavement and the pursuit of misery.Our society has come a long way. long way, and the external oppressors no longer exist as they once did. Instead, perhaps the main challenge today is to fight the oppressors from in.”

Taylor spoke out against today’s victim mentality and the tendency of many to believe that they are being “exploited”.

A Haggadah is shown with a Seder plate to celebrate the Passover holiday in this file photo from 2011.

A Haggadah is shown with a Seder plate to celebrate the Passover holiday in this file photo from 2011.
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“These ideas are self-imposed limitations that could have been reinforced by parents, peers and politicians who tacitly perpetuated your sense of victimhood,” he said. “Our society now seems content to point fingers and blame, losing a sense of the intractable spirit that kept Americans fighting through past hardships,” he said.

“The inspiration for freedom from this personal bondage comes from the same place that inspired freedom from outside forces – the Passover story. Hebrew scriptural tradition teaches that the Passover Seder is about reliving the exodus at a personal level these days.”

“The Passover message proclaims, ‘You are not a victim limited by external factors, but an overcomer empowered by God to free yourself and fulfill your destiny.'”

According to him, the geographical location, Egypt, can also be “a state of mind”.

“This is underscored by the fact that the Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, also means ‘limitations,'” Taylor said.

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“‘Inner Egypt’ is limited thinking, feelings of helplessness and spiritual constriction. Bringing the Israelites out of Egypt was done in an instant; but getting the Israelites out of ‘Egypt’ took 40 years in the desert.”

“We can choose to be driven by hope and perseverance rather than victimization.”

The Florida-based rabbi said too many Americans today “have developed the mentality that we don’t control our destiny and have been shackled by the limiting views of inner Egypt. Letting others dictate our progress in life is a recipe for defeat – and a pattern that must be broken.”

“The Passover message proclaims, ‘You are not a victim limited by external factors, but an overcomer empowered by God to free yourself and fulfill your destiny.’ We can choose to be motivated by hope and perseverance rather than victimization.”

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He also said, “May the Passover message be a reminder that we are ‘One Nation Under God’ and a land of opportunity. Here you can be anything you dream of being.


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