The railroad, personal computers and Uber. And Passover.
They all have one thing in common.
Transportation used to mean a horse and buggy or long treks on foot; along came the railroad and changed travel forever.
Original computers were huge mainframes that only the largest companies and government could afford; along came personal computers and completely changed our notion of computers and what they could do. Today almost everyone carries more computing power in their pocket than what powered the Apollo 11 that landed on the moon.
Uber completely upended the taxi industry. Today taxi companies are struggling to come to terms with adjusting to their new reality. And consumers are the better for it.
They are all disruptive innovations and they forever changed the world.
And Passover? It’s disruptive too. The Jewish people were slaves, they were under the rule of their Egyptian masters. And Egyptian slaves never went free. But then came the Exodus and completely changed the geopolitical reality. Suddenly the Jewish people were a nation, and a powerful one at that.
Each year, when we celebrate Passover, it’s important that the experience is much more than simple rituals. Appreciating and harnessing the disruptive power of Passover is essential to our growth.
We need to constantly grow and improve; mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Regularly, we improve and develop incrementally. Once in awhile however, it is necessary to make a major recalibration — completely shift our goals and update our priorities for the better.
That’s what Passover is all about; we not only commemorate the massive disruptive miracles that G-d performed, we also integrate this disruptive power in our lives. Passover is about major personal realignment, not simply incremental improvement; it’s about disruptive improvement.
The Seder, when properly observed, is not just a quaint relic of some bygone era; a way to connect with our family and friends. The Seder is about jolting us out of our daily routines and setting us on a new and improved path.
We just began the month of Nissan, a miraculous month. Let this Nissan be a month of transformative Jewish growth; tap into the disruptive energy of the month and incorporate it in your life.