Escape from 'inner Egypt'
Tonight, Jews around the world will start celebrating Pesach (Passover), the festival of spring and freedom, associated with one of the main events of biblical history - the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt and their liberation from 400-year slavery, their birth as a nation. For the Jewish people Pesach is considered the most significant holiday of the year. In Israel, Pesach is celebrated for a week, in the diaspora - for eight days. At this time, no one should feel unhappy or disadvantaged. Every Jewish family must help somebody or receive help.
On the eve of the Pesach holiday, the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar addressed the Jewish community: "...In the 20th century, Russian Jewry faced the same situation as our ancestors in Egypt. Four generations lived without Torah and commandments, without synagogues and Jewish schools ... Today, no one has oppressed us for a long time, our faith is respected in Russia ... Every our generation is commanded to feel as if we left Egypt and became free. It means to escape from 'internal Egypt', from those restrictions that can hinder our freedom even in the most democratic society. Get rid of fears, bad habits, a pressure of propaganda and advertising temptations... And get rid of it here and now - right away, without delay for tomorrow. "
The Jews say that Pesach is not a holiday for lazy people. There is a lot of work for all members of the family: cleaning, cooking, buying clothes. A celebration should be fun to be successful. For this purpose they sing.