This year’s first night of Passover overlaps with Good Friday, and just a few days after it ends, Ramadan begins, fun treats for those to see the differences and similarities in our traditions or who just enjoy the holiday atmosphere.
And while the overlap could simply be an invitation to enjoy colorfully-dyed eggs in our matzah brei, it can also be an invitation to go beyond what feels comfortable.
This year, let Passover be about going beyond what limits us, and in many cases that means going beyond our own ignorance and preconceptions. Let this joint holiday be a time for interfaith communication, discussion and education, and that doesn’t mean simply between Christians and Jews.
Let Passover be a time when we recognize that we all have a lot more in common than we have separating us. Reach out to our Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu neighbors. Go learn from neighbors from every walk of life and don’t be afraid to ask questions and get answers that make you want to learn more. Education has always set us free, and with so much information available today, education can liberate us and unite us.
Eddie Samuels is a staff writer.