This week, Jews all over the world are celebrating the festival of Passover, the story of the liberation of the ancient Israelites from Egyptian bondage. A close reading of the Biblical narrative demonstrates that before the Israelites could leave Egypt they needed to take action on their own behalf. They did this, in part, through the Passover offering and smearing the blood on the doorposts and lintels of their homes. And, they asked their Egyptian neighbors for parting gifts of silver and gold. Only when they embraced agency, when they took action for themselves, could the final battle set them free.
BY RABBI ART VERNON | 4/14/22