Passover to Freedom

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However you celebrate, note, commemorate or endure it, may this Passover–this Spring Holiday, also called the “Holiday of Freedom” herald your personal freedom from whatever binds you: worry, fret, self-critic, anxiety over judgment, unhealthy-habits, petty choices … and any manner of sticky strings-attached. May you be freed.

May this also be a time to end present day bondage. Present time slavery. Let us move to end it. Let us not look away.

Let us end trafficking in all its manifestations and myriad ‘cultural’, ‘economical’, ‘religious’, or political pretenses. Let us end the bondage of child-laborers; of girl-brides; of ‘modern-day’ slaves; of the abuse of sexual exploitation; of people forced into indentured servitude, an enduring poverty, a withheld education, and subsequent misery and desperation.

Let it be done. Over. Made no more. We are one. Let us all put forth to let our people go.

May this time of highlighting the freeing of a People from slavery and injustice of exploitation, murder, and impunity–become a springboard to reforming the similar injustices of today.

Let us no longer be appeased by looking away or minimizing (and by it passively endorsing those who–still today–consider slavery acceptable). Let the voice of freedom ring loud and clear: We shall not be content in the reality of human enslavement, cruelty, hatred, inequity, injustice and indignity. Let our people. All people. Go.

May this Passover be a passing of a threshold, a springing open the bloom of transformation and potential. Hope. Release. Rebirth. May it be, a time to Free.

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3 thoughts on “Passover to Freedom

  1. Thanks so much for this! I needed to read this to realize how much more important the concept of true freedom is, more important than recipes and rituals and remembering all the details. At this Passover time, all Jews, maybe even all humans, are one.

    • Yes, Sonnische, I believe that all humans are one–at this time and at every time. Not just for all being part of the human family, but even for those who are religious–the reality is that all three main religions share ancestry and one God. Christians may have persecuted Jews for millennia around Passover time, but the reality is also that Jesus himself was Jewish (and celebrated Passover…). …
      We are all of us entitled to freedom. Sadly, some may still bemoan the ‘loss’ of slavery (unimaginable as it might be, even in the US there are some who feel slavery was ‘good’–though for all their claims of ‘how good slaves had it’, I don’t see them running to become slaves themselves …). Sadly, some may still feel that some people are worth less or are acceptable to exploit sexually, financially, politically, religiously. However, I truly believe that most of us DO see taking a person’s liberty to use for our own gain as wrong. That we agree it taints the soul and makes the world of all of us less right, less humane, less as it should be. Whatever one believes as faith and spiritual practice, compassion and kindness are the true currency. To enslave another for profit is ungodly. To turn a blind eye to the abuse of another is ungodly. As long as some of us are slaves, we are all of us bound to injustice, exploitation, and their products.
      If Passover can remind us of what still needs righting, then we’d be doing justice to both history and the present, and maybe helping bring on a better future for our children.

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