A thoughtful post by Rabbi Jeremy Rosen on the increasing expense of being Jewish, especially at Pesach time
With the expense of travel and food (although in Israel the latter tends to be cheaper than in England, and sometimes cheaper at Pesach than at other times during the year), what is Pesach really for?
Is it to remember that we were slaves in Egypt, and that we continue daily to be slaves to our desires, emotions and ambitions, or is it a time when no expense should be spared to reunite one's family, scattered all over the world?
Or maybe is it a bit of both?
All I know is that I have plenty of food left over and am glad that I've just been invited to a party, so will be able to donate the gefilte fish and orange cake that somehow just didn't get to be eaten last week.