In observance of the last two days of Passover Seraphic Secret will be offline until Wednesday. We wish all our friends and relatives a joyous and kosher Passover.
We also wish an inspirational Easter to all our Christian friends.
Tonight begins the holiday of Passover in which Jews celebrate deliverance from Egyptian bondage.
In order to escape the shackles of slavery, the vast machinery of the mighty Egyptian state had to be crushed. Those who wielded absolute power were reduced to nothingness. G-d did this not only to diminish the physical power of a pitiless slave state, but to begin the process of making free the minds of the Israelites.
Slavery is an insidious institution, not only because it shackles the body, but it creates a mentality where the slave identifies with his master to such a degree that he becomes complicit in his own bondage. He loves his master and cannot imagine a world absent an overlord.
by Jake Novak
There’s a key moment in the Seder when the Haggadah informs us that all Jews must think of themselves as if they personally came out of bondage in Egypt.
Talk about a tall order.
Thank goodness, most of us live decidedly comfortable middle or upper middle class lives. Getting our heads and hearts around the idea of experiencing what it’s like to flee slavery is really hard.