a braid of three strands
There are many possible modes for understanding the events retold in the Pesach Haggadah.
Of these, three are braided together so that, if we concentrate exclusively on any one of them, we diminish the special qualities of the entire story.
By participating in the symbolic actions built into the order of the Seder,
we can share in:
- the experience of the rebirth of the natural world around us,
- the national liberation of our people,
- the spiritual redemption of each individual human being.
We begin the Seder evening:
- some of us feeling shackled by the bonds of winter,
- some of our people—and other peoples of the world—persecuted,
- many of us confined by our own personal limitations.
which is the thickest strand in the braid of your seder?
Seder night we hope to set in motion:
- processes of growth that encourage within each of us the renewal of each person’s unique vision, and
- efforts to work for the freedom of our scattered—and all oppressed—people,
- as we see about us the flowering of a new year.
Indeed, we will begin our Seder here.
However, our goals are neither
- our renewal,
- our freedom,
- nor our flowering.
Pesach is but the pointer to the acceptance of our commitments to complete these tasks—in a harvesting of the fruits of our labors yet to come.
How will each of us follow that pointer?
what is “#blogexodus”?
My friend and colleague Phyllis Sommers has thought of yet a new creative way to prepare for Peasach. You can learn more here.