Rabbi Yitzchok Bergstein hangs the chometz found by the family on the eve of Passover as his daughter, Sara, 10, looks on. The chametz is hung to keep it out of the reach of children.

For Rabbi Yitzchok Bergstein of Oak Park, Passover is not just a holiday to commemorate an event that happened more than 3,000 years ago.

It is a holiday that provides lessons applicable today.

The eight-day holiday celebrates the liberation of Jews from slavery in Egypt. People can use the story of Passover to free themselves from the confinements of everyday life, he said.

“We all have limitations and restrictions we place on ourselves,” said Bergstein, who runs the Chabad Jewish Center out of his home. “We experience our own exodus and try to grow out of that box we put ourselves into. Passover can help prepare you for any stage of life.”

Bergstein and family allowed Wednesday Journal to observe some of his family’s Passover traditions, which follow strict Jewish law.

For Rabbi Yitzchok Bergstein of Oak Park, Passover is not just a holiday to commemorate an event that happened more than 3,000 years ago.

It is a holiday that provides lessons applicable to today.

The eight-day holiday celebrates the liberation of Jews from the slavery of Egypt. People can use the story of Passover to free themselves from the restrictions of everyday life, he said.

“We all have limitations and restrictions we place on ourselves,” said Bergstein, who runs the Chabad Jewish Center out of his home. “We experience our own exodus and try to grow out of that box we put ourselves into. Passover can help prepare you for any stage of life.”

Bergstein and family allowed the Wednesday Journal to observe some of his family’s Passover traditions, which follow strict Jewish law.

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