Sharona Margolin Halickman

What has changed?

Photo Courtesy Sharona Halickman

I came across a worksheet with a different version of Ma Nishtana and it really got me thinking about how much the State of Israel is taken for granted today.

What is different in this generation than in all of the other generations?

In other generations we were in the Diaspora and today we are in Israel.

In other generations we spoke different languages and now we speak Hebrew.

In other generations there was no Jewish State and now for almost 75 years we have the State of Israel.

In other generations the Land of Israel was a deserted wasteland and since the Jews came back, it is flourishing.

In other generations Jews didn’t have the opportunity to make aliya and now that we have a State, Jews can immigrate.

As we get ready for Pesach, let’s take a moment to reflect on the things that many of us take for granted: The opportunity to travel to and live in Israel, to read and speak Hebrew and to eat the beautiful produce of the land while observing the agricultural mitzvot.

Instead of focusing on the negative, we need to take a step back and appreciate the miracle which is the Modern State of Israel.

Pesach Kasher v’Sameach from Yerushalayim!

About the Author
Sharona holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College and an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School, Yeshiva University. Sharona was the first Congregational Intern and Madricha Ruchanit at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY. After making aliya in 2004, Sharona founded Torat Reva Yerushalayim, a non profit organization based in Jerusalem which provides Torah study groups for students of all ages and backgrounds.
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