What lessons can we learn from Holy Week?
How Passover, Easter offer a story of freedom and hope
- Duration 8:36
- Date Apr 5, 2012
How Passover, Easter offer a story of freedom and hope
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The rabbi Brad -- field is here he is a foxnews.com contributor and author of you don't have to be wrong for me to be right finding faith without fanaticism.
I'll rabbi good to have you here today -- -- I used to schooling me on the fact I remember the top of the show.
Two hours ago.
I think how excited -- was for this segment on this particular day it is -- Thursday or holy Thursday across the Christian world.
It is the day of the last supper.
-- And also in concert with our calendar this year with Good Friday and at the beginning of passover falling.
There's an intersection of these two -- all us making the port of your book.
Yet he really kids I mean there are profound differences in their theological they are personal but at their core.
I really believe these are two holidays that celebrate freedom.
They -- -- -- liberation they remind people that after a cold dark winter.
Rebirth and renewal are possible.
And it may be through the story of an ancient people that went into slavery in -- And walked into freedom we Begin that celebration Friday night.
Or in the story of a little boy.
Who lived in ministered on earth.
Who died and rose again also promising people that actually there is always reason to hope I think the real key insight he's here.
Everyone needs a tradition that reminds them there was always more freedom and hope and we perceive -- we believe -- into it and work.
For a while that is a powerful message any day of the year for particularly.
At this time of the year.
You know it is you look across the world I know that our New Jersey governor Chris Christie visiting Israel.
There's so many challenges for peace in that part of the world and and which you've just said.
Is it in a nutshell what -- do you see us right now with her -- Look I think people are actually not always certain about a particular church for doctrine -- -- the most Americans are believers.
Most people want to be animated by -- faith in fact.
Some of the rough -- versions of atheism are when it becomes its own faith and doesn't know what to do -- -- -- -- healthy.
Because I think to be human -- to want to commit to something larger than yourself.
And I don't want to convince people god no god Jewish Christian was I don't -- -- play that game.
-- I would look for people to know is that when you are in touch with something bigger than yourself whatever you call it.
When you aim for something larger than your own immediate satisfaction.
Don't you dare to imagine that as human beings we have a greater purpose here on this planet.
Great things happen and I think everyone needs that in the real message for this season is go find one doesn't have been mine -- I love just don't I did.
Go find it that's part it does take work.
Freedom doesn't just happen.
-- have to work to free yourself.
Not just wait for if it works right you get good things -- your -- called state -- blessing along with a fair dose of hard work you can be.
We're free while there's something about your words that bring me to tears go find it -- find your purpose.
By the way Chris service one had walked away from this computer game made it back in time for the rabbi.
Do you think in the -- this is from Kenya read this.
Rabbi do you think that the administration that we have right now is challenging the rights of religion.
I don't -- challenging the rights of religion but I think there's a certain measure.
In the current administration.
The free exercise of worship.
And guaranteeing the free exercise of people's faith.
And the difference is that for many of us the faith we follow isn't limited to a few hours a week and a particular institution.
Call the church -- like for a -- It has to do with guiding how you live 24/7.
Now I'm not suggesting that -- everything the administration does is wrong on that but I think it's really important to recognize that people's faiths and guide them.
At least for many of us in all aspects of our lives.
And it's -- guarantee the freedom of religious expression is about more than what you do on Friday morning or Saturday morning or Sunday morning.
It is about how you go through life trying to implement and live out your most deeply held values.
And everything you do and everywhere you go.
My grandmother which I share with -- audience often.
Is a hundred feet turned a hundred in October and that she's not doing well right now and and a so it's a cause for my family too.
Rediscover and review some of the wisdom that she's given us she's a great grandchild of the slave in this country and believes in America more than just about anybody I know you.
But she used to say to me when I was a child about -- Can you walk it out if you're not wearing -- T sure bracelet that reminds you what to do.
You know I get it.
The most inspiring part of that story by the way is that your grandmother was the -- great granddaughter of slaves.
And she's your grandmother and I know I know it gets a -- all things are possible brought it to be the -- the believes that which your grandmother must've -- she could be absolutely I'm bitter I'm Angola what I have every reason to be and rationally she would have been wrong but it turns out that choosing bitterness over how.
Actually doesn't good for you and it doesn't you -- where you are today so one of the messages of these holidays is.
We have to choose how we remember our past.
I'm gonna remember my people's past Friday night and Saturday night.
With anger toward egyptians.
But with the incredible hope that comes from knowing if they could be free I can be free and if I can be free I can help others be free.
Does that -- -- T shirt look I'm an orthodox rabbi I -- ritual.
So I don't know if -- off to Wear the same T shirts and bracelets -- I'm sure we don't but I will.
Think this time.
I do think that -- faith.
Without some physical expression it's hard to sustain.
So go figure out what teacher -- wanna -- -- bracelet doesn't have for you.
But I think that our faiths are which is when they're not simply in our hearts reminds we can actually taste them and touch them to.
Wow -- there are very few people that I cannot keep up with when tweeting.
And you are one of them up it's just it's a good thing right yeah I just hit it.
-- if it's at this with so much wisdom.
You know I would ask this -- my husband's US and I see his family this time of the year carrying out tradition.
At all really at all the hyperbole times that's not necessarily as high -- it's like that September area on the calendar.
But I've often wondered why they do all that and now it makes sense to me suddenly -- had an epiphany when you were talking with the wind tweeting you I don't mean district.
No I guess we've got to hit an I don't know I think it tweets and I -- -- -- you that I don't exactly know the tradition is working -- want to share what massive burden to.
This but just -- Did I get a share that so what do you get about what incentives and what I hear my grandmother saying it was that you know you don't need those things.
But if it helps you.
Use it to do the right thing and so I -- this tradition and I think you know what it they're they're walking and other they're feeling it.
-- -- -- it literally pasting it they're touching it and that's the point if someone said you could pile up all the Moxley almost flat -- -- in the four cups of wine that stand at the center.
The center of the ritual meal Friday and you -- and I got up you read the story which -- done it's a great hitting the story of people going free scene at ten commandments -- read the book.
Either way you could structural hole passover observance -- everyone in the group watching the movie.
And keeping a list of questions that -- -- why did this happen why does it -- behave this way what does it mean to be free what are the questions that arise we go into freedom what are the fears that come with new -- power what are the opportunities you could actually put down the old script and do that and eat and drink your way through it would be great.
And what happens is all those physical acts as here's your -- was right then by themselves are not gonna do it.
When they become the tools.
To help us remember.
And the vehicles for expressing the joy that we field and the purpose for re connecting to this fantastic.
All right so here's what I treated.
We choose how we remember our past choose hope over bitterness every time today highlighted the tape and hope for short up.
-- -- -- Thank you have to -- back to you happy Easter as well thank you so much look -- -- a quick break.