To know where we’re going, we need to remember where we’ve been.
Have you ever forgotten an anniversary?
If you did, you probably didn’t forget another one any time soon.
Anniversaries are not mere excuses to give and get presents. They honour milestones, celebrate shared history, and provide a sense of renewed commitment to our most meaningful relationships.
This is true personally, religiously, and nationally. Can you imagine even a casual Christian forgetting Christmas or Easter? A Muslim forgetting Ramadan? An American neglecting the 4th of July or a Frenchman ignoring Bastille Day?
Among Jews, even the most secularized typically cling to some vestige of historical tradition. If nothing else, they still reenact the Exodus from Egypt on Passover, fast on Yom Kippur, or kindle the menorah lights on Chanukah.
What is remarkable, however, is how many overlook the most significant Jewish holiday of the year.