Interview: The ‘miracles’ of Passover with Rabbi Friedler

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Reading from the 'Hagadah' reciting the blessing over the wine during Passover. Image/Keren Cook
Reading from the 'Hagadah' reciting the blessing over the wine during Passover. Image/Keren Cook

Journalist Keren Cook talks to Rabbi Friedler on Radio Shalom about the miracles of Passover.

Friedler is Rabbi of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, and during this interview he shares the significance of Passover from an ‘orthodox’ perspective.

Friedler was born in Israel, studied law, and rabbinical ordination conjointly. After a year practising law he realised he preferred a more people orientated career and found a niche with rabbinical studies.

“Judaism is all about being inclusive and communicating with people. That side of things really appealed to me,” says Friedler.

Passover is a significant festival in the Jewish calendar and requires enormous preparation. This year Passover falls on Shabbat. Friedler shares the unique qualities of this year’s Passover service including the Auckland Hebrew Congregations community seder.

Friedler answers some challenging questions about the authenticity of Exodus. For example: Did the miracles really happen? Why don’t we see miracles like this anymore? And, how will miracles be visible for future generations?

The spirit of Passover is defined by Friedler as being intrinsically from the  “inside-out”. He explains why this is so important for current and future generations.

Listen to the full interview below: