Sundown tonight marks the beginning of Passover and the Seder.
While we all come from different faiths and backgrounds, each of us can learn much from this Jewish holiday commemorating the struggle of the Jewish people over 3,000 years ago, their emancipation from slavery in Egypt, receipt of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, and establishment of their homeland in the Promised Land.
The eight day feast of Passover is a time when Jewish people reflect upon the story of their ancestors and retell it, parent to child, to ensure the love of liberty is passed on from generation to generation.
The Jewish people’s liberation from tyranny is not so different than ours as Americans. Our Founding Fathers fought the British monarchy so that we could enjoy the fruits of our labors and the liberties they believed were inherent to all human beings. But today, too many of us have lost sight of this and our freedoms seem not to be cherished as they should. This is abundantly evident in our political system that seeks to take away the very liberties enshrined in the Constitution-the right to bear arms, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and more.
So today, as we wish our Jewish friends a happy Passover, let us also reflect on the freedoms so many have fought to preserve in our own nation, and ensure the love of liberty is passed on to our future generations.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West, USA (ret)
U.S. Congressman (2011-2013)