After a long day of work, Miguel sits in his car listening to Joe Rogan on the 405 from Los Angeles to his home in Irvine.
His work revolves around checking different algorithms and writing new code for the high tech company he works for since graduating with a degree in Computer Science twenty-five years ago.
Growing up in the East Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents with very little economic support he was able to pick himself up and fulfill the American dream.
His two children go to the most expensive private school in Orange County and his wife doesn’t have to clean homes like his mother had to.
Yet, when he arrives for dinner both his kids and wife are staring at their phones while eating at the table.
As he looks down a brown wooden table and stares at his wife and kids all with headphones on while they eat totally detached from one another.
Miguel who worked hard to have the life he has and yet no one has a real relationship with one another in the family.
He can not pass down how his family struggled to come to the US from Mexico to give them a better life.
One of the major reasons G-d gave the Jews commandments was to have better and true relationships between family and friends.
Many of the laws given to Mosses from G-d relate to how one should speak and respect others to truly have real relationships that form strong bonds over a long period of time.
If Miguel and his family would have had a version of a Jewish Sabbath where no electronics are used and the family is forced to communicate for twenty-four hours.
A real strong relationship in Miguel’s family would be built and Miguel would have a beautiful long lasting relationship with his family until the end of his life.
“And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation,”(Exodus 19:9)
From this verse in Exodus G-d is is telling the Jewish people that as long as they follow the commandments G-d has given them they will be a kingdom of priests.
What this means is that Jews have a responsibility to bring the morality that G-d has given to the Jewish people to the rest of the world.
Jewish people can not be a Kingdom of Priests if they have no congregation because one can not be a priest to one’s self.
Passover is a holiday celebrated by the Jewish people since their exodus out of Egypt, the family sits at the table as the head of the family leads the order of the commemoration of Egypt.
No one is able to get on social media or escape to their room to watch tv, the whole time is dedicated to being with one another as a family and educating the children about their history.
” This Matzah that we eat- what is the reason for it? It is because the dough of our fathers did not have time to become chametz before G-d revealed himself to them and redeemed them, as is written: “and they baked Matzah from the dough which they had taken with them from Egypt; it did not become chametz, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, Neither had they prepared any provisions for themselves for the way,”(Exodus 12:39).
This is the same story that is repeated at every Seder for the last three thousand and four hundred years since the expulsion of our people.
The repetition of this story shows us how important it is to teach our children about their history so they can pass it on to the next generation.
Everything Jews do is to teach not only Jews but the other nations as a whole, Passover is no exception.
Passover teaches the importance of having family time and dedicating time to teach children about their own history so they can pass it down to their children when the time comes.
These values are not just to be shared among fellow Jews, but also our fellow human beings so if you have a non-Jewish friend who is not doing anything Friday night invite them to your Seder.