British Jewry is widely respected as one of the oldest living Jewish religions and more than 350 years after the Passover Seder, we prepare to mark this historic occasion next week on the longest night of the year. I think this is another wonderful occasion, which in the time since Victorian times has brought great happiness to so many communities.
Yet I must give credit to those who create the synagogue and their intercessions for their readiness to welcome the presence of Muslims with a welcome day of celebration. The outreach of religion and its outreach to non-believers, is what gives Britain such a strong sense of unity, and I welcome it.
And yet, this year’s Seder, must be considered a poignant reminder of another historic year. In Jerusalem, they celebrated Yad Vashem (Israel’s Holocaust Memorial), which is dedicated to the rebuilding of Europe’s only functioning Nazi concentration camp on the same land it was stolen from 70 years ago.
With his great skill in prayer and patience, Adolf Hitler has left a great legacy that is still living on, but sometimes the message of his genocidal actions can seem as if it has gone unanswered.