As we enjoy our Passover, we ask why is this night called a “night of waiting?” Obviously, we are looking to the past, as we retell great stories, but we are also thinking about the future and our future redemption. Ask yourselves: what do we hope for when we consider the future redemption, the time of messianic redemption? And in the context of our world, what do we anticipate in the coming years, what are our hopes and dreams for the Jewish people? Another question to think about is the importance of Elijah, the prophet in our Seder service. Is he not one of the real heroes of the Seder story? What is the nature of his charisma, his prophetic calling and life’s work, which propelled the Rabbis to focus on Elijah as a crucial leader in the Passover? Elijah speaks of our future, not only the future redemption, but the hard work of preparing our world for a greater time of harmony and understanding.
And in the context of our world, what do we anticipate in the coming years, what are our hopes and dreams for the Jewish people?