Passover has always held a special significance and relevance for my family and me. While the liberation of the Hebrews from Egypt is about as far removed an event as one can think of, Passover has always reminded my parents of their liberation from the Soviet Union. As Soviet Jews, they were subjected to daily discrimination, while being forced to recognize that applying for a visa could lead to arrest.
When the emigration laws were relaxed, my parents left the Soviet Union on Israeli visas before eventually making their way to the U.S. Their experiences of genuine anti-Semitism inspired a heartfelt concern and love for the State of Israel that they passed on to me. It was my duty as a Jew, as a freedom-loving American, and as a democratic citizen of the world to support Israel.