“We still believe, or many of us do, what the Exodus first taught… First; that wherever you live, it is probably Egypt; second; that there is a better place, a world more attractive, a promised land… There is no way to get from here to there except by joining together and marching.”- MICHAEL WALZER IN EXODUS AND REVOLUTION

The seder ends with a reminder that we are not yet where we want to be. There is a better place, a promised land, and next year we hope to hold our seder there. We say these same words each year because we are always on a path to liberation. We can make liberation real by embarking on this journey together. To study the Passover story is to understand that our Exodus from Egypt was possible when the false ideologies that enabled the enslavement of Israelites—that some people are greater than others, that some people are a threat—were torn down, step by step. Every day we witness our country grappling with revealing questions of identity and democracy—who belongs, who can be safe, who can thrive. Since its founding, the false ideologies of white supremacy—that some people are greater than others, that some people are a threat—have been core to our country’s economy, governance, and culture. Are we ready to dismantle these ideologies, step by step? Liberation is a constant journey, but it’s not without a destination. Liberation—ours and yours—lies ahead. Are we ready to begin?

haggadah Section: Bareich
Source: Bend the Arc