Apr. 14th, 2014

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It's Passover and everyone at my house is sick, and/or (poor Mom!) neck deep in finals, so we're not doing Seder, and I am studiously ignoring the existence of the Christian Seder t the Von Braun Center tonight, and the plan for tonight is to park myself on the couch with my sick family with my face mask and watch the new Ken Burns documentary about the Gettysburg address, because freedom!

No, seriously, utterly non sarcastically, for freedom.  Passover is about freedom and escape from slavery.  It's a holiday about the world, and social justice, and remembering that although we are free, other people are not.  It's a holiday about freedom for all mankind, and a recommitment to try to free others who are still in bondage or are oppressed, and to not oppress others.   It reminds us of our duty as human beings, that we who have suffered oppression are not so powerless that we cannot oppress others.  It reminds us that we must not use that power to oppress others, that we must look at all the peoples of the world as people, even when we think they are our enemies.  It reminds us how hateful our own oppression was and is to us.

And it reminds us of our duty not to do to others that which is hateful to us.

So I am not performing a single Passover ritual, but I am doing my best to celebrate the spirit of the holiday and observe it in my own way.

Chag Sameach, everyone!


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