Understanding the Passover Story

Yael Eckstein  |  March 30, 2021

Yael Eckstein reads Passover story with her children
Passover model seder Yael, her son Liam, and her daughter Sapir, sitting at table, reading Haggadah, smiling

This week, the Jewish people continue their celebration of Passover, the story of God’s deliverance of His people from bondage in Israel. Writing for our friends at Townhall, Yael explains how making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) and raising a family have helped this biblical story come alive for her:

The story of Passover and the miraculous escape from Egypt always captivated me as a child. Yet it was after some critical moments in my adult life that the vivid imagery from Passover truly came alive.

When my husband and I moved from America to Israel, we believed with all our hearts that Israel is where we are meant to be. We fully appreciated the blessing of a Jewish homeland knowing that generations of Jews had suffered nearly 2,000 years of oppression in the Diaspora, and we felt God tugging at our heartstrings, telling us that Israel is our true home.

Yet, despite these reassuring thoughts, it was hard to say goodbye to everything and everyone we had always known and step into the unknown. It took a huge leap of faith to board a plane on a one-way ticket to Israel for a life we could never have imagined.

Choosing change over comfort, and the unfamiliar over what is known, has never been easy…

Read more of Yael’s Passover message at Townhall.

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