In the Pesach Story...
In the Pesach story we are taught that oppression results from fear and from the unwillingness to open one’s heart to the pain and experience of others. It is fear that brings about the enslavement of the Israelites and it is a hardening of the heart that keeps them and the Pharaoh in bondage.
Each time we are able to resist the temptation to harden our hearts to our own pain and to the pain of others we resist oppression.
Every time we are able to act with compassion rather than anger we step out of the flow of violence.
Any time we find the strength and courage to stay open to the anguished cry, we move out of enslavement.
May we join together on this journey.