Passover, also known as Pesach, is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt. The Haggadah, the book that guides the Passover Seder, states that “in each and every generation, a person must see themselves as though they themselves left Egypt.” This obligation invites self-reflection about the many different levels of liberation that exist and how we can work towards greater freedom for all. Let’s explore what all of this means!
The Hebrew name for Egypt is Mitzrayim, which can be translated as “narrow places.” This name reflects the idea that Egypt represents not just a physical location, but also a state of being. It is a place of constriction, oppression, and limitation. Passover, then, is a celebration of liberation from these narrow places, both physical and spiritual. It is a time to reflect on how we may be constricted or limited in our own lives and to work towards greater freedom.
Renewal and redemption are also central themes of Passover. The holiday marks spring and the beginning of the Jewish calendar which makes it a time of new beginnings. It is a time to reflect on our past actions and commit to making positive changes in the future. Redemption is another important theme, as Passover reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope for liberation and renewal.
In keeping with these themes, here are some actions to get you started on your journey:
- Engage in self-reflection: Take time to reflect on the ways in which you may be constricted or limited in your own life. Consider how you can work towards greater freedom and liberation.
- Speak out against the oppression of others: Passover is a reminder that oppression is not just a thing of the past. Take a stand against oppression you don’t experience firsthand and work towards creating a more equitable world.
- Educate yourself: Learn about the struggles for liberation that are happening around the world. Educate yourself about the history of oppression and how it continues to impact our society today.
- Support marginalized communities: Take action to support marginalized communities you do not belong to. Donate to mutual aid initiatives that support them…