WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released a statement, published in a Medium post, in celebration of the Jewish high holiday of Passover. In the statement, Senator Rosen recognizes the unique circumstances and challenges of this year’s Passover, calling on people to remain connected and resilient in the face of the coronavirus pandemic
“This year, COVID-19 and physical distancing threaten the very core of what the holiday calls for, opening our doors to the community,” said Senator Rosen. “And as unfortunate as this circumstance is, we must remember that while this situation is temporary, countless Jews throughout history have had their freedom taken from them. We must also remember that one of the central messages of the Passover holiday is resilience.”
“Even now, we see Jewish resilience at work. Many Jewish families across the globe are planning to hold virtual Seders this year, making use of video-conferencing technology to remain spiritually close to those we must physically social distance from,” Senator Rosen continued. “Each of us, whether we’re together or not, will feel the collective and universal yearning for freedom that bonds us together, a bond that calls us to action to help repair the world.”
“And while this night is more different from all other nights than we are used to, we will say tonight, as we have for thousands of years, our message of hope and resilience: ‘Next year, may we all be free’.” Senator Rosen concluded.
BACKGROUND: Senator Rosen holds the distinction of being the third female Jewish Senator in U.S. history, as well as the first former synagogue president to serve in the United States Senate.