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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Reflections on slavery this Passover

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I hate most museums. They make the past seem old and dead.

Reality is that history is alive. It is true that we do the same things over and over again.

Till we learn. Till we grow.

Passover is the holiday that commemorates G-ds liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

It's not ancient history and it's not dead at all.

All around the world, people of every faith are still enslaved.

  • Physically - by oppressive regimes. By organized criminals. By dictators. By human traffickers. By the need to earn a living in difficult, even despotic conditions.
  • Emotionally - by the mental models they've constructed based on past mistreatment, even abuse.
  • Spiritually - by the false beliefs they have, or the inability to believe in anything, because they haven't felt connected to the Eternal.

Think about how you are a slave this Passover. What are you doing for no other reason than that somebody else is forcing you? How can you break free of that?

This year let's free the slaves. All the slaves. Including ourselves.

Wishing everyone a happy, safe, and peaceful holiday.