Celebrating Freedom, Remembering the Enslaved

On this Pesach holiday, let’s remember:

  • Holocaust survivors freed from slave labor
  • Freedom for women and African-Americans
  • Liberation of gays, lesbians and transexuals from the shackles of shame

Still enslaved and yearning for freedom:

  • The poor and disadvantaged in Israel and abroad
  • Humans suffering under the chains of despotic slavery
  • Peaceful Palestinians and Iraqis chafing with the desire to live their lives in dignity and peace
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1 comment for “Celebrating Freedom, Remembering the Enslaved

  1. Anonymous
    April 13, 2006 at 9:20 am

    You are correct. And, like a ginsu knife ad, there’s more.

    In Darfur, Arab Muslims seek to exterminate non-Arab (black African) Muslims, and appear to be succeeding.

    The gap of poverty to high-end wealth is extraordinary. Millions in the USA use their local emergency room for the most basic of medical care as they’ve no insurance, and typically no ability to achieve preventive care for themselves nor their children.

    Inner city youth with nearly zero liklihood of improving their economic status give up; fathers abandon all responsibilities to their children; artists enter the cycle and feed hopelessness with music and videos glorifying pimps and ho’s.

    There’s no point to listing all the world’s woes. The author of Ecclesiastes (Kohelet to you) got it right: “Utter futility! … All is futile.” (1:2)

    So what to do? Give up?

    Camus said (at the Dominican Monastery of Latour-Maubourg in 1948), “Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?”

    Got me. Going back to Ecclesiastes, “…the same fate is in store for all: for the righteous and for the wicked, for the good and pure and for the impure, for him who sacrifices and for hiim who does not.” (9:2-3)

    Got me.

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