The weeks preceding Pesach (Passover) and the holiday itself emphasize self-directedness and taking charge of time. The first commandment given to the Israelites as they prepare for the exodus is “this month is for you the beginning of all months…” Commentators point out that prior to this point, the people have no control over their use of time. They are controlled by others. From this point on, the Israelites’ time is their own. They need to become proactive and determine their priorities and how they will manage their lives.
We all lead busy lives today. There are competing demands on our time. It is easy to fall into the trap of “I just don’t have the time to…”
The Pesach season reminds us that time is one of the greatest assets we have. We dare not waste it. Pesach reminds us that we are free, and with that freedom can choose to use time as we see fit.
As we spend time with family and friends, may we all commit ourselves to use time wisely, to set and maintain priorities and perspective and to help to free others’ chains of oppression, so that all humanity may share in the freedom of self-direction in how we spend our time in this life.
Best wishes to you and yours for a chag sameach, a wonderful and meaningful holiday,