The parasha this week, Va’etchanan (“And He Pleaded”), refers to how Moshe/Moses pleaded with God to cross over into the Promised Land, along with the People of Israel. Interesting how when we look back on incidents in our lives, and we re-tell the story of what happened, some of the more difficult facts have a […]
An obvious theme of Passover is slavery. The Jewish people were slaves in Egypt. The slavery was particularly awful because much of their work was back breaking labour meant more to waste time than to actually build anything. The word for Egypt in Hebrew is Mitzrayim, meaning constriction, also relates to the theme of slavery. […]
For you to consider as you read this week’s blog post: Can you remember a time when you rejoiced in the pain suffered by someone whom you thought of as your enemy? What was that like? Did you feel justified or diminished? What would it take to set your joy aside? Why do you suppose […]
The path from slavery to liberation was crafted by the ancient rabbis in fifteen ritualized steps, each one represented by a named section of the seder.