Passover is a special opportunity for communities to renew bonds of friendship and esteem as we continue to seek real liberation, freedom and new life.

An eight-day celebration, Passover marks the liberation of the children of Israel from bondage and their subsequent exodus from Egypt.

To acknowledge this most meaningful set of events, many Jews refrain from eating bread and bread-like products for the duration of the holiday (the technical term is hametz, meaning something which ferments or inflates) and mark the first nights of the holiday with a tableside ritual known as a Seder, where they engage in a retelling of the story.

This celebration of freedom is an opportunity for a reflection on those pieces of our souls which ought to be swept away along with the crumbs of hametz we clean from the corners of our homes, as well as a framework for understanding (and eliminating) that which enslaves us and those around us.