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Sunday, April 01, 2007

The time of our freedom...

There are as many connotations to the holiday of Passover as there are people celebrating itMention this holiday among a group of Jews and some will immediately think of matzoh... others will think about cleaning house... and still others will conjure mental images of family and friends sitting around the seder table enjoying delicious food

But for some reason most of us seem to forget one of the few actual requirements of the holiday; that we view ourselves as if we had personally been redeemed from captivity... and to pass this self-awareness down to our children so they too will never forget.

The repeated phrase 'Zman Cherutainu' ('the time of our redemption from captivity') is the very cornerstone of the prayers we recite throughout this week-long holiday, yet even as we sit around the seder table reciting our commitment to internalize the plight of being held captive in Egypt, the enticing aromas emanating from the kitchen wipe all thoughts of captivity from our minds.

This year as we prepare for the Passover seder we must keep in mind that while any one of us is held captive by our enemies, not one of us is truly free

Throughout the year, many synagogues add a prayer for the safe return of our captured soldiers to their Shabbat serviceBut like our mental lapses at the seder, we frequently find it difficult to really internalize the plight of captives while surrounded by the warm embrace of friends and neighborsFor those not familiar with it, it goes something like this:

"May the One Who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, David and Solomon, bless the kidnapped and captive soldiers, including among them Gilad ben (the son of) Aviva Shalit; Ohed ben Malka Goldwasser; Eldad ben Tova Regev; Guy ben Rina Hever, Ron ben Batya Arad; Yekutiel Yehuda Nachman ben Sarah Katz; Tzvi ben Penina Feldman; and Zecharia Shlomo ben Miriam Baumel. May the Holy One, Blessed be He, watch them and save them from all trouble and oppression and from all evil and injury.

May He be filled with mercy for them, to cause them to recover and to heal them, to strengthen them and to invigorate them, and to bring them speedily to freedom, to return to the embrace of their families. May they merit long lives and years of much strength and peace. In the merit of our forefathers, may the descendants be saved and fulfill through them the verse, 'Release my soul from imprisonment to praise Your Name' (Psalms 142:8), swiftly and soon, and let us all say Amen." [source]

As always, I am going to take a few days off for the Passover holiday.  But before I sign off I wanted to share my deepest gratitude to you for your companionship, your humor and your wisdom.  Each of you holds the power of gentle persuasion in your hands and (for the most part) you use that power judiciously and for good. 

This year, in addition to keeping me on the straight-and-narrow, I would ask that you also remember these soldiers in your prayers, and that you take the time to lobby your elected leaders for their assistance in gaining the release of our captives.

May this be the year when we are all privileged to live as a free nation... captives, no more.

Chag Sameach!

Posted by David Bogner on April 1, 2007 | Permalink


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That's cool. My blog is certainly "about" things.

I'm not sure how you can not appreciate freedom from bondage after cleaning for a week, but you should have a great chag and carry the spirit throughout the year.

Posted by: Dave (Balashon) | Apr 1, 2007 6:15:55 PM

I'm taling a break from cleaning my kitchen for Passover. I still have another couple of hours of work. Your post is just what I needed. It doesn't seem like so much with the reminder of the freedom we have been granted.

And thanks for including my blog.

Posted by: seawitch | Apr 1, 2007 6:54:36 PM


Thanks for the time you spend on this blog. By doing so, you not only bless your fellow Jews, but you also open up a window into a world that we Gentiles rarely see. And I believe that's a good thing.

Enjoy Passover and we'll see you on the other side.



Posted by: K Newman | Apr 1, 2007 6:56:20 PM

Well said.

Posted by: tnspr569 | Apr 1, 2007 6:58:07 PM

That was unbelievably heart-warming (read: left me misty-eyed)...a thousand Amens to everything you said, and may you, your loved ones, and Jews and good peeps everywhere, be privileged to savor the taste of freedom.

Chag sameach, Dave.

Posted by: Erica | Apr 1, 2007 7:10:16 PM

Oh that's just lovely, David.
Thank you.

Bish and I and the girls wish you and Zahava and your brood a peaceful and joyous hag.

Posted by: Imshin | Apr 1, 2007 7:22:32 PM

Chag sameach

Posted by: Jack | Apr 1, 2007 7:26:37 PM

Chag Kasher v'Samei'ach to the Bogner household, and may you see your children acquire and carry foreward your laudable good sense and talent.

Posted by: Barzilai | Apr 1, 2007 7:26:50 PM

A timely reminder. We will remember our captive soldiers at our seder in London tomorrow.

Chag Sameach

Posted by: chairwoman | Apr 1, 2007 7:32:20 PM

Amen to that prayer.

Chag sameach, David.

Posted by: Talmida | Apr 1, 2007 7:49:51 PM

Wow! I feel so honoured to be part of your post. I'm a new blogger, you see, and I feel like I've been invited to the important people's table... I got "immediately" which is definitely a sign for me, as I am the queen of procrastination. As a Pessah resolution, I promise to change that. Hag sameakh!

Posted by: Miss Worldwide | Apr 1, 2007 7:58:48 PM

Nice post. Enjoy the holiday.

Posted by: The Misanthrope | Apr 1, 2007 8:39:33 PM

Thanks, and Chag Sameach!

Posted by: Elder of Ziyon | Apr 1, 2007 8:40:51 PM


I can't believe you did this amazing thing again... It must have been so much work! : )

I wish you and your family a happy and peaceful chag... Next year in Jerusalem!

(Hey, just because I'm in law school, doesn't mean I've lost all hope... yet): )

Posted by: Irina | Apr 1, 2007 8:45:24 PM

!איזה יופי. חג שמח

Posted by: Alisa | Apr 1, 2007 9:47:50 PM

"We". I like that word a lot. Thank you very much David, yet another one of your amazing posts. Chag Sameach to you, and also to everyone else here.

Posted by: Smooth | Apr 1, 2007 9:55:10 PM

Awesome post. I'm glad we got linked to "one" but beyond all that - yours is an important message. Zman Cheiruteinu indeed.

Posted by: ck | Apr 1, 2007 10:51:12 PM

That is one of the coolest blogs I've seen.



Posted by: ploop | Apr 1, 2007 11:48:09 PM

"Holiday"... Ah- from your mouth to G-d's ears, David!!

And amen to the whole post. Chag Sameach.

Posted by: PP | Apr 2, 2007 12:48:27 AM

Beautiful post. I can't even imagine how much time it must have taken you to do all that linking, but thanks for the "requirements" link :)

Chag Sameach to you & Zahava and the kids. Amen to all you said.

Posted by: Sara K | Apr 2, 2007 12:54:39 AM

Happy/merry/joyful/etc Passover to you, Zahava, and the kids from Bayou and I, David!


As always, your words ring true and carry important thoughts. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Posted by: Lachlan | Apr 2, 2007 3:29:21 AM

Chag Sameach! Hope to see you soon!

Posted by: psychotoddler | Apr 2, 2007 4:53:01 AM


Chag Kasher V'Sameach :)

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 2, 2007 5:26:29 AM

Wow! Thanks for including me!
Chag Kasher v'Sameach to one and all!

Posted by: muse | Apr 2, 2007 6:18:43 AM

Thanks for the link, I'm amazed you had time to put all that together right before the holiday.
Chag Sameach!

Posted by: Emily | Apr 2, 2007 7:05:15 AM

Woohoo, I got "keep"

Thanks for making me a part of this post, I know I haven't blogged much lately but haven't forgotten about you... and thanks for the reminder to truly "feel" the events of the haggadah and remember those who are still captive today...

Next year in Jerusalem! Chag Sameach! Enjoy the holiday :)

Posted by: Chantyshira | Apr 2, 2007 7:44:15 AM

Blessings upon you and your family.

What a delight to have true friends halfway across the globe.

Wouldn't it be something of a miracle if we were to meet in person one day?

Posted by: christopher | Apr 2, 2007 9:15:02 AM

Hi David,

Hag Sameach to you and to your family, and lots of happiness.

STG and the gang.

Posted by: SnoopyTheGoon | Apr 2, 2007 2:37:56 PM

Wow, I'm a "find." Given my blog isn't even two weeks old, I didn't expect that. Thanks, and Happy Passover. I look forward to reading you more after the holiday.

Posted by: JDMDad | Apr 2, 2007 2:39:19 PM

Smart. ;)

חג פסח כשר ושמח


Posted by: Account Deleted | Apr 2, 2007 3:09:07 PM

Thanks for the wondeful post and links.

you have an extra slash at the end of my link, which causes an error - thanks.

Chag Kosher V'someach


Posted by: Avrohom Adler | Apr 2, 2007 3:50:09 PM

Nice to be counted as a friend, after all these years. Thanks for the link.We even picked the same titles! GMTA.
Chag Kasher v'sameach to you, Zahava, and kids.


Posted by: Matt | Apr 2, 2007 3:56:57 PM

What a wonderful post. Thanks David.

Chag Kasher v'Sameach.

Posted by: orieyenta | Apr 2, 2007 4:02:26 PM

Chag Kasher V'Sameach to mishpachat Bogner from all of us.

Posted by: Shmiel | Apr 2, 2007 5:24:27 PM

Chag Sameach! Thank you for including me in your post! I got "table" which was perfect. I'll be setting many tables tonight because we're having 57 people for Pesach! No not in my home (obviously) but at the conference center. May your holiday be filled with peace. And yes, I will definitely be remembering the soldiers. You're a treasure!

Posted by: Tracey | Apr 2, 2007 6:31:32 PM

Thank you my friend...I hope our paths cross someday.

All the best to you and your family.

Posted by: Yabu | Apr 2, 2007 9:13:50 PM

Gut Pesach, David AKA Trep!


Posted by: Maksim-Smelchak | Apr 2, 2007 9:40:17 PM

You gave me "shabbat" - what an honor! Thanks for the link, and a zeesen pesach.

Posted by: Elie | Apr 3, 2007 12:17:40 AM

Chag sameach, David!

Posted by: mother in israel | Apr 3, 2007 11:25:50 PM

"Forget," hmmm? I try not to. ;)

Happy Passover to you and your lovely family, David.

Posted by: Carol Elaine | Apr 4, 2007 12:29:33 AM

"Forget," hmmm? I try not to. ;) And thank you.

Happy Passover to you and your lovely family, David.

Posted by: Carol Elaine | Apr 4, 2007 12:30:27 AM

chag sameah!

Posted by: timna | Apr 4, 2007 5:11:18 AM

Hag Sameah!

Posted by: David Boxenhorn | Apr 4, 2007 7:39:02 PM

...and Moadim L'Simcha.

Posted by: Daled Amos | Apr 5, 2007 8:47:09 AM


Happy Passover. Thanks for reminding us that none of us are free until all of us are free.

Posted by: Albert | Apr 5, 2007 4:23:52 PM

A "happy" Passover season to all, where by "happy" I suppose I mean "meaningful" or maybe just "full."

But mainly, and for now, a happy Pesach season to the Bogners and all lucky members of the Treppenwitz community.

Posted by: Wrymouth | Apr 5, 2007 9:08:35 PM

Amen indeed, David. Thank you for reminding us to reach beyond our own warm family surroundings at this most family-oriented holiday to say a prayer for our sons who cannot not be with their families this chag.

Chag Sameach to you and yours.

Posted by: jennifer | Apr 7, 2007 9:58:40 PM

Chug cement, David! (Maybe I got that that wrong.)

Posted by: Bob | Apr 8, 2007 1:47:20 AM

Thank you Trepp. I have not been around much lately, I have missed reading you daily. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Posted by: cruisin-mom | Apr 8, 2007 1:48:21 AM

Ok, I am tired of jonesin for a new post. I haven't had a photo Friday in close to a year and I am full of 189 pounds of Matzah.

Time to put out something new. You're fans are waiting. ;)

Go Dodgers!

Posted by: Jack | Apr 8, 2007 6:21:24 AM

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