70 Ambassadors Attend Israeli Passover Seder at the UN
On Tuesday, March 28, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan, in collaboration with Aish Global, hosted a mock Passover Seder in the United Nations with the participation of 70 Ambassadors from around the world.
Traditional holiday foods were served, excerpts from the Haggadah were read, and the Ambassadors learned about the traditions and customs associated with the holiday.
The event was initiated by Ambassador Erdan with the aim of strengthening the familiarity of Judaism and Jewish traditions and values among the Ambassadors.
In his remarks, Ambassador Erdan said, "At the Seder, we are commanded to retell the Exodus as if we ourselves were slaves in Egypt and we ourselves were brought out by the hand of God. This is how the Exodus becomes a collective memory for every Jew around the globe. But even more than that, the Exodus – going from slavery to freedom – has become the universal theme of liberation for all people, Jews, and non-Jews alike. "
"It is not only the story of Jewish emancipation and nationhood; it is also the story of Jewish Statehood – the legitimate right of the Jewish people coming home to the land that God promised us. Today, the Modern State of Israel is the continuation of that very same Exodus. And it is a story of great success." (INN / VFI News)
“God, we thank You for granting us freedom and the ability to live in Your promised land. We thank You that we can celebrate Passover while honoring our traditions and collective memories during this season. We especially take time to remember Your strong hand and outstretched arm that saves us from bondage even today.”
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