Finding Spiritual Oneness in Interfaith Relationships

Finding Spiritual Harmony at Passover

Jewish Gentile couples report real challenges in finding spiritual harmony. Dissatisfaction often begins with an inability to understand the language or experiences that partners use to describe their unique religious traditions.

Gentiles often describe traditionalist but non-observant Jews as “not really Jewish, because they don’t practice their religion.” However, millions of American Jews—almost two-thirds—see themselves as Jewish by ethnicity and even by religion, without any formal adherence to Judaism.

We want to suggest and encourage a celebration of Passover in Jewish-Gentile homes as a way for partners to mutually enjoy a spiritual experience together. It can create an opportunity to grow in understanding of one another.

Passover is a God-given memorial feast to teach Jewish children about the faithful heart of the LORD. Every year, Jewish families remember how God delivered their ancestors and Abraham’s descendants from slavery in the land of Egypt.

Moses reported, “It is a night to be observed to the LORD for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the LORD to be observed by the sons of Israel throughout their generations” (Exodus 12:42). The Passover story was to prompt questions that parents could answer in teaching their children about their godly heritage.

The Jewish people in Egypt were redeemed from slavery through a great and terrible plague—a plague that brought the death of all the first-born males in Egypt, from the servants all the way up to Pharaoh’s own family. However, all who desired safety from the destructive plague simply had to dwell in a home that was sealed with the blood of a lamb upon the door.

On that night, God commanded the people of Israel to welcome God-fearing Gentiles into their homes.  The Gentiles who would trust in the LORD to deliver them on that night were welcomed and saved from judgment. “If an alien sojourns among you and observes the Passover to the LORD, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its ordinance, so you shall do; you shall have one statute, both for the alien and for the native of the land” (Numbers 9:14).

So, Passover is a model experience of how to provide spiritual harmony between Jews and Gentiles. Passover presents just that opportunity.

Are you interested in creating a meaningful family experience for Passover? We have resources to help you find spiritual harmony at a seder.  This year, Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 6. There is still time to plan.

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admin • March 19, 2012


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