How Israel’s Birth Sheds Light On Her Mission

What Does It Mean To Be God’s Chosen People?

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman

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At what point in the Bible did God choose His people for all the world to see? And what does it mean to be God's chosen people today, thousands of years later? This is where Passover steps in – it's the Jewish holiday that explores these big questions.

If we look at the name of Passover, we generally relate its meaning to the final plague. On the night of the death of the firstborn child, the Israelites were "passed over" by marking their doors with blood. But why does the word Passover – Pesach – only direct our attention to one of the ten plagues?

Further, the last plague was also the only one the Israelites had to be spared from, unlike the other plagues where they enjoyed a kind of diplomatic immunity. They were only saved if they respected God's requests through action. What was so different about the plague of the firstborn? Do these puzzling connections suggest a deeper significance behind Passover?

Join Rabbi Fohrman as he re-examines the biblical text to look for proof of the moment when the Israelites became God's chosen people. Through a deep introspection, discover how Passover is not just about celebrating the Jews' salvation from death and slavery, but also about the birth of God's firstborn nation. Passover is the holiday to reflect on what it means to be chosen by God – and how we can reaffirm our promise to step-up to the responsibility of being God's chosen ones, thousands of years later.