This week’s Torah portion, Bo, includes a text from the Passover seder. Through my family’s seder table ruckus, I always hear the special emphasis my family reads in this part.
“And you shall explain it to your child on that day: ‘It is because of what the Eternal did for me when I went free from Egypt.’
They always emphasize Me. I. “It is because of what the Eternal did for me when I went free from Egypt” (Ex 13:8). What is the point of the emphasis—me, I? It’s personal! Our story of redemption, and the redemption we bring into this world with social justice—it’s personal.
This Shabbat brings the 3rd Women’s March, another step on the road to redemption—a road that for me, feels personal. The ongoing and heightened dilemmas surrounding the March also feel personal. Read the rest of this entry »