For, look, the winter has passed, the rain has gone away. Buds can be seen in the land…these words, taken from the Song of Songs are read on the Shabbat of Passover. The Exodus took place in the spring and here we speak of winter passing and the rain leaving. Relentless rain is hard to deal with, it locks us inside and brings us down. (The Hebrew word for rainy day is sagrir, it’s related to the word sagur – locked, and the modern word for quarantine, seger.) Rashi likens our suffering in Egypt to the rain, for as the rain brings growth, so did our experience in Egypt prepare us for a brighter future. This last year (and more!) has been like one long rainy season…but winter appears to be passing, slowly the rain is leaving us and soon, buds will yet be seen in the land.

Shabbat Shalom and 
Chag Kasher v’Sameach,

Rabbi Asher C. Oser