Fans React as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Ex-Wife Extends Passover Wishes: “Appreciate Your Recognition of This Important Holiday”

Published 04/23/2024, 6:30 AM EDT

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The former first lady of California and ex-wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, recently extended her Passover wishes to everyone commemorating the Jewish festival. In her social media post, Shriver reflected on the significance of the holiday, highlighting themes of freedom, respect, and tolerance.

The mother of four took to her Instagram account and shared a picture quote of Nelson Mandela which had “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others,” written on it. Shriver’s heartfelt message resonated with many who appreciated her recognition of the holiday’s importance and its broader implications for global unity and understanding.

Maria Shriver asks people to introspect about the true meaning of Passover


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In her post, Shriver wrote, “As Jews around the world sit down to their Passover Seders, let us all think about what it means to be free, to be respectful, to be tolerant.” She emphasized that Passover commemorates the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt, but also urged everyone to reflect on the importance of appreciating and honoring freedom for all, especially in today’s divided and challenging times.


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The social activist continued, “This holiday is a celebration of the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt, but we can all learn what it means to appreciate and honor the freedom of everyone around the world.” Shriver.


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On the other hand, Jews see Passover as a time for gratitude, reflection, and coming together. In addition, it is observed through rituals such as the Seder meal, which includes the retelling of the Exodus story, symbolic foods, and prayers. Fans flocked to the comments section of Shriver’s post, to express their gratitude for her thoughtful words and to reciprocate the Passover wishes.

Fans praise Shriver’s regard for the Jewish holiday

Fans expressed gratitude for Shriver’s acknowledgment of the significance of Passover, “Wonderful and appreciate your recognition of this important holiday and history of the Jewish people.” “Thank you for recognizing Passover and what it means for so many in this horribly divided country we are living in!!” one fan wrote. “Thank you for this thoughtful commemoration of Passover and its meaning. Happy Passover,” another echoed similar sentiments.


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One fan reflected on the concept of being governed not by earthly rulers but by the laws of God, “Ruled not by a king or man law, But by God Law…” Another emphasized the importance of respecting all people regardless of their religion or race, “May all people of all religions race be respected as humans. Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King were leaders and examples of all the good we all hope we can be.”

Shriver, through her message, fostered a sense of solidarity and empathy, reinforcing the notion that the spirit of Passover extends beyond religious boundaries to encompass shared humanity.


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Arpita Shrivastava


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Arpita Shrivastava is a bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in tracking the lifestyles of bodybuilders. A master’s degree holder in Mass Communication, Arpita is a frequent contributor to coverage about her idols Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler. She likes going behind the scenes to understand the nitty-gritty of building a shredded physique.
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Abhishek Manikandan