The Talmud refers to Nissan as the month of liberation. “In Nissan our forefathers were redeemed from Egypt and in Nissan we will be redeemed.” (Rosh Hashanah 11a) The result of this emancipation is expressed by the meaning behind the word “Peh-sach” – talking mouth. The central mitzvah of this month of Nissan takes place on the seder night when we actively tell of the Exodus. We read from the Haggadah – the book that talks and tells. If Rosh Hashanah has us listening to the shofar, Sukkot sitting in the sukkah, Chanukah looking at the candles, Purim drinking wine and making merry; then Pesach has us speaking and telling about our redemption. (I’m not talking about all the stuff we have to do to make the house kosher before Pesach!).
In Kabbalah, the sphere of Kingship (Malchut), the ultimate sphere that receives the lights of all the other spheres, is represented by the mouth. On the seder night we sit like kings, reclined on pillows and we are free to tell all. A person not able to verbalize and convey his feelings is likened to a person in exile, a slave. Shackles lock over his ability to “say what he thinks”. If a person is in a healthy state of mind and feels his independence, integrity and lives his goals, he can describe reality as he sees it, not worrying about someone else mastering over him. It goes without saying that we know from the recent past about Jewish people living under the “Iron Curtain” and the locks they had to put on their mouths. The Jewish community in Venezuela and Sweden aren’t in a much better situation today. But even those who feel like they are “living in a free land” conform to the culture of their time and place and voluntarily become slaves to that culture subconsciously being careful to blend in, keep quiet and not stand out. Being in exile for so many years has taken away the confidence we feel when we speak about -YES all of Israel, YES keeping the Torah, YES to working the Land. When we say, “Yes!” to these things, the words of the prophet comes to mind: “My spirit that is with you, and My word that I have placed in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, or the mouths of your children or children’s children. Now and forever.” (Isaiah 59:21)
Together, our dear readers and ourselves say “Yes” to a stronger Israel. We appreciate your great support over the years for the community of Itamar. Your actions demonstrate clearly your love for Eretz Yisrael. YOU HAVE MADE A STATEMENT! I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a very happy and healthy Pesach. May Hashem bless you all with much bounty and good health. We extend always an open invitation to you to come and visit. Just give us a call.
All the best, Shabbat Shalom and Happy Pesach Leah Goldsmith