On Passover eve, we recount the Haggadah which tells the story of the exodus and says, „Whoever is in need, let him come and conduct the Seder of Passover. This year we are here: next year in the land of Israel. This year we are slaves; next year we will be free people.” Ever since the Middle Ages, the Seder evening ends with the phrase “Next year in Jerusalem.” The Hebrew name for Egypt is Mizrayim, which can also mean “boundaries,” “limits” or “restriction,” while Yerushalayim means “City of Peace.” The path to Jerusalem thus leads from the concrete to the abstract; from the profane to the holy. It is our duty to work for a better Jerusalem, the Jerusalem of our ideals.
The faculty wishes you and yours a happy and meaningful Passover. !חג פסח שמח
Picture: Haggadot from our college library, © Jens Habecker