New Life #543 – Jewish Culture: The Seder Night And The Meaning Of Life
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
“And thou shalt tell thy son” (Exodus 13:8). This is not just a story for our children about the exodus from Egypt. All of us must become acquainted with, recognize, and feel the meaning of the story of the Haggadah….
It is most important that we know what exile and what redemption are, what the difference between them is, and in what situation we are in at the present time.
In the beginning there was plenty of food in Egypt and the children of Israel lived like kings. Then there were seven years of famine. The famine symbolizes a sense of emptiness, a lack of feeling why I am living for at all, a lack of meaning. As of today, an inner voice has been awakened in a person, telling him that his life is like living in a gilded cage and he is basically a slave. This is very evident in Europe and the United States. Everything is there materially, but in spite of that people are still bitter and sad, suffering from depression.
“Why is this night different” (Pesachim 116a). Come let’s sit together and think about our lives, how do we leave slavery? Did nature create us just so we would pursue all kinds of gratification in life and then die?
Throughout all generations there were sages who searched for the meaning of life. Today the idea has become public knowledge. As a result of an internal annoyance, searching for something that is unclear, the young enter into a lot of nonsense, problems, and troubles.
We have the Haggadah of Pesach (Passover), it tells us that it is possible to rise above the material, above the severity and control our lives. A person can learn to control his life, be its master, plan his life for a goal that he has chosen from the start. Everything depends on us.
From KabTV’s “New Life #543 – Jewish Culture: The Seder Night And The Meaning Of Life,” 3/31/15
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