What Is The Significance Of Jerusalem To Passover?

by Phil Schneider

The Passover holiday is one of the Jewish holidays that has seen tens of thousands of Jews gathering every day to the holiest place of the Jewish people – the Temple Mount. Most people pray at the foot of the exterior wall of the Temple Mount. Few today ascend to the Temple Mount due to religious sensitivities. But the throngs all pray to G-d near the Holiest place to the Jewish people.

In the time of the Temple, which took place more than 2,000 years ago, but lasted for more than 800 years, the Passover holiday was one of the most festive seven days in the entire year. The celebration was one of G-d’s choosing of the Jewish people for a unique task when G-d delivered the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt. That story took place more than 3,000 years ago, but inspires the Jewish people and the whole world to this very day.

At the Seder table, all over the world, Jewish people celebrate G-d’s choosing of the Jewish people and his abundant kindness. Following 200+ years of toil and hardship, G-d, through Moses and Aaron’s leadership, took the Jewish people, who numbered millions, out from Egypt. The Egyptian Empire was the mightiest of it’s time. The Jewish people had no standard weapons. They just had one secret weapon – G-d on their side.

And G-d delivered. The Ten Plagues, Splitting of the Sea, and the miracles of Mt. Sinai. That was all part of the Biblical story that is celebrated each year in Jerusalem. The apex of the story celebrated each year at the Passover table is the festive declaration of “Next Year in Jerusalem.” The hope is not merely that we will be in Jerusalem, but that we will rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. The prayer is more than 2,000 years old. It will continue until the Temple is rebuilt.

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