Public Advocate's Statement On The Celebration Of Passover

March 26th, 2021

Press Release

"Chag Kasher V'Sameach, a happy and Kosher holiday, to all in the Jewish community  celebrating as Passover begins tomorrow evening.

"As we are set to begin the second commemoration of Passover since the onset of the pandemic, I want to remind everyone that the danger has not passed. The public health crisis that has gripped our city and the globe is not over. I urge all to celebrate safely, in our homes and with our immediate families. I know that however each person honors this holy time in their home, it will be deeply meaningful.

"In celebrating Passover, in observing sacred traditions, we hear a story of the Israelites coming through a prolonged period of suffering, hardship, and deep pain. I know that these feelings resonate today, over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and I know too that we will come through it. That in the spirit of Passover,  any obstacle can be overcome - with hope and resolve in equal measure. United and committed to one another even while apart, we await the miracle of redemption - ever progressing, moving forward, pursuing deliverance from our bonds and our trauma.

"I wish a peaceful, reflective, and safe Passover to all, and look to a future when we can once again gather in celebration next year. Chag Sameach."

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