Passover message from Glenn Taylor
Posted on by Richard Einarson
Tonight is the first night of Passover, where Jews across the world are sitting down with friends and loved ones to the seder meal and service. Tonight, as has been the case every year, for thousands of years, the story of the exodus from Egypt will be re-told, and the themes of redemption from slavery, freedom and peoplehood will be debated and discussed.
One of the joys of living in Alberta is that we all get to share in the traditions of our friends and families. As a political leader, the themes of Passover resonate quite deeply with me. The story of Passover asks us to reflect upon two important questions:
- How do you fight and overcome the challenges that prevent individuals from being who they can be?
- What responsibilities do we have for other members of our community?
These are also the basic questions that need to be asked of anyone seeking to govern.
As Passover this year coincides with a provincial election, it is a perfect time to re-examine what it means to be a citizen, and to become an active participant in defining and working towards the Alberta that provides satisfying answers to the questions posed by Passover. To listen to one another in a big and respectful way and to dream in a bigger way of the future that can be. To ensure that no minorities are ever again singled out or excluded from society because someone with power disapproves of or looks down upon them. The new political party we are building is based on the idea of active citizenry.
As each seder ends with the words “next year in Jerusalem”, calling for a better and redeemed world, it is my wish and hope that each Albertan can take that message to heart and do their part to make this corner of the world into a better, freer, more inclusive and more engaged society.
I hope that all members of Alberta’s Jewish community have enjoyable and enlightening seders tonight and a very happy Passover. Chag sameach on behalf of the Alberta Party.
Leader, Alberta Party