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President's message: Erev Pesach

Dear friends,

Since we're all busy cleaning and cooking and cleaning some more, here’s a very brief idea about Passover. 

In the Torah, the holiday is always referred to as Chag haMatzot. Rabbi Chaim Volozhiner explains it this way: the letters in the words matzot and mitzvot are the same. Thinking about the rewards we can earn by doing more mitzvot, while noble, misses the point of the holiday. Focusing on the “Passover," how G-d "passed over" and spared us, refocuses us on the gifts that G-d has given to us. We need to be grateful and appreciate what we have, not just  focus on the rewards we can earn. 

Being grateful sums up Passover. We are grateful to have Seders both days in shul, organized and led by the Rabbi and Shternie. We will have our two minyanim as well, for both the first days and the last days. There is no other pressing news to report so I just want to wish everyone a Chag Kasher v’Sameach.

Steven Inker

Mon, May 23 2022 22 Iyyar 5782