April's come, so we're now in spring. But, as we're reminded on a regular basis (including  Friday night's forecast), it's not out of the question for us to have snow through early May. That's a reality. Yet, despite that reality, there's a feeling of hope that the dark, cold days of winter will, eventually, give way to moderating weather. That is to say, as did Gilbert and Sullivan, "  The flowers that bloom in the spring. Tra la. Breathe promise of merry sunshine."

     We live with promise.  We live with hope.  We look forward to a better time, when life will be a bit less hectic and a bit brighter.  That comes with spring.

     Hope is the theme of Passover. We know we live in an imperfect world. We hope that future days will be better. The Seder and telling of the Passover story carry that message with them. Our ancestors had lives filled with trouble and travail, and God took them from their terrible situation into freedom and hope, as God had promised.

     V'he she-amdah, that promise still stands, as we recognize during the Seder. Despite trouble in every generation, we have endured. Sometimes life is difficult or worse ... but the promise remains. The hope for a better day endures. Hope brings light to our lives; hope makes dreams possible. Without hope, without the enduring faith that things can be better, will be better, life is dark and difficult.

     May this season of spring - with its eternal promise of merry sunshine, and may Passover - with its promise of a better world to come, inspire your Seders.

Rabbi Paul Drazen
(315) 445 - 0002 x121
450 Kimber Road
Syracuse, NY 13224
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