Why are we gathered here?

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Adapted from Scheinerman.net

Thank you for joining us as we gather tonight to read the words of this Haggadah that has been designed to tell the story of Passover, guide us as we hear of the how the Jewish people were freed from being slaves in Egypt and engage us to think about our very own freedom. 

For over 2000, the Jewish people have celebrated the Exodus from Egypt.  Back nearly 4000 years ago, our people were slaves in the land of Egypt.  Today we are free.  Yet, there are many others who are not.  We keep our prayers with these people in the wish that one day, they too will be free. 

As history tells it, on a night such as this, our ancestors went forth out of Egypt, leaving behind slavery. Tonight we celebrate their freedom and ours.  May this seder tonight inspire us and our children to light the torch of freedom for all the world.