A family in Jerusalem at the Passover seder. (Shutterstock) (Shutterstock)
Family Passover seder

Make your family happy. You’ll be happy you did.

God commands us “to rejoice on our holidays” (Deuteronomy 16:14). That’s right, folks! It’s actually a “Mitzvah” – a commandment – an obligation – to ensure that you enjoy the holiday of Passover!

There are many ways to make oneself happy. Our wise Torah sages offer some insights and suggests on how to do so: wear your finest clothes, eat your favorite foods, take time off from work and other mundane chores, buy sweets for the kids, and get your wife the gift she deserves.

There is, however, another highly recommended and Divinely guaranteed method of making oneself happy. The secret lies in the continuation of the verse cited above, “…Rejoice – you and your entire household!” Is the Torah is telling us that true happiness is to be found in one’s FAMILY?

Yes. Happiness is in the family. In being together. In enjoying those gifts and treats mentioned above, TOGETHER. Passover is the holiday of “You shall tell your son” (Exodus 13:8), which, by extension means spending time with the family, sitting around the Seder table, conversing, catching up and reflecting together on Torah values.

So, to answer the famous question of “Why is this night different from all other nights?” It might just be that it is because this night begins a refreshed and renewed relationship among family members that will take you far beyond Passover.

Make your family happy. You’ll be happy you did.

By Rabbi Ari Enkin, Rabbinic Director, United with Israel

Send Passover Packages to Needy Israeli Soldiers - Bring Them Joy!

We are honored to thank the young men and women of the IDF who risk their lives every day to protect the citizens of Israel. Since October 7th, soldiers have been on the battlefield for months - many are hoping to come home for Passover.

Join us in sending Passover food packages (and personal notes) to Israeli soldiers and their families.

Many soldiers spend the Passover holiday with needy families back home. The soldiers greatly appreciate your love and concern. Bring them Passover joy!