Saturday, April 26, 2008

Chag Sameach Pesach (again): Leaving Mitzrayim

Pesach (Passover) is a week-long feast, so again, a Passover post. Tip of the kippah to Velveteen Rabbi, eloquent and sweet voice in the Jewish blogosphere.

Many of you know that the Hebrew name for Egypt, mitzrayim, means "the narrow place," and that contemporary Jews meditate each year on the meaning of "leaving mitzrayim," the liberation from mitzrayim, back then in Egypt and now in our own narrow places.

So Velveteen Rabbi asks three questions, with three traditional answers, which are a Sephardic custom at the beginning of the Passover Seder.

Who are you?
*****I am Yisrael.
Where are you coming from?
I am coming from Mitzrayim.
Where are you going?
I am going to Yerushalayim.

She then develops her own introspective* meditations on the questions and answers.

*Passover is a time for introspection as well as reflection on justice in the world and the place of G*d both outside us in history and in our own story -- not that they are ever separate.

Read it all (it's not long, and it is both provocative and inspiring) here.

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