“Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being.”–Morris Joseph
As my family and I and families throughout the world get ready to celebrate Passover this Monday night, I cannot help but think of all those still struggling in 2013 for their “inalienable right” to be free. There are all kinds of freedoms that are still squashed globally: digital freedom, economic freedom, educational freedom, LGBT freedom, religious freedom, freedom of expression, media freedom, human freedom, voting freedom…
I know that at my family’s seder, we will pray for the freedom of all people in all countries and we will also be thankful that we live in a country where we are free to express ourselves in a just democratic society. It may not be perfect and the imperfections should continue to provoke thought, action and galvanization towards helping each other; helping others globally and doing what we can individually to better this world. Passover is a time of liberation and reflecting on that liberation that took the Jewish people from slavery to freedom.
“During the civil rights struggle, African Americans, yearning for full equality, sang a spiritual whose words include: “When Israel was in Egypt’s land, let my people go … Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt’s land, tell old Pharaoh to let my people go.” And did you know that John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson proposed a national seal with a scene of the Jewish exodus from Egypt? May the triumph of liberty and religious freedom enshrined in the Passover story prevail now—and always.” –David Harris (American Jewish Committee)