During the month of November many Jewish congregations gather to honor the interfaith families in their midst as a part of www.interfaithfamily.com’s Interfaith Family Month. This is an opportunity to take time to honor the people of other faith traditions who are sharing the journey as part of Jewish communities.
We have learned over the course of history how important our non-Jewish neighbors have been for the survival of the Jewish people. And today we honor the presence of these people in our community. You have given countless times and in countless ways of your hearts, and your souls. You have given fully in ways that help us to grow together, learn together and be inspired by one another.
At Passover the Jewish people celebrate the journey from slavery to freedom. While we rejoice over our liberation daily, we must also recognize those whose courage, inspiration, direction, and sacrifice helped us get here. The Jewish people are asked to remember the Exodus from Egypt daily in our prayers and to teach it to our children. Let us remember that Moses, one of the greatest leaders of the Jewish people, taught us that love is more powerful than hate; that we have a responsibility to "welcome the stranger because we were once strangers in the land of Egypt"; and that our future is filled with eternal rebirth, renewal, and hope.
יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְמְרֶךָ
May the eternal bless you and keep you
יָאֵר יהוה פָנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶךָּ
May the light of the eternal be shed upon you and be gracious unto you
יִשָא יהוה פָנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵם לְךָ שָלוֹם
May the eternal bestow favor upon you and give you peace.