On Tuesday, 70 ambassadors worldwide attended a mock Passover seder that the Israeli envoy to the UN, Gilad Erdan, organized at the UN.
The ambassadors were educated about the customs and traditions connected with the Jewish celebration of liberation while eating traditional holiday fare and reading passages from the Haggadah aloud.
The purpose of the March 28 event, which Erdan organized and organized in conjunction with Aish Global, was to increase the ambassadors’ awareness of Jewish customs and beliefs.
U.S. Participants were Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya, and ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield of the United States.
“During the seder, we are required to recount the Exodus as if we were Egyptian slaves who had been freed by the hand of God.
This is how every Jew comes to remember the Exodus as a group. But even more than that, the notion of liberation for Jews and non-Jews alike has been embodied in the Exodus—the journey from servitude to freedom—as a universal narrative, according to Erdan.
The story of the Jewish state—the legitimate right of the Jewish people to return to the land that God promised us—is intertwined with that of Jewish emancipation and nationhood.
That same Exodus continues today with the establishment of the State of Israel. Furthermore, it is a tale of fantastic success.
We remind the world that Israel has been, is, and always will be the homeland of the Jewish people when every Jewish family recounts the tale of our migration from enslaved people in Egypt to free people in Zion.
Outside of Israel, where the celebration lasts seven days and concludes on April 12, Passover starts at dusk on April 5 and lasts until the evening of April 13.