You might find it odd that Jews are standing up for Muslims. That they are begging for Syrians to be allowed sanctuary in the United States or other countries. After all aren’t Jews and Muslims mortal enemies?
Yes and No.
From the pyramids in Egypt, to the Spanish Inquisition, to the Holocaust to the daily attacks on Jews in all countries, Jews know what it’s like to be oppressed. Jews know what it’s like to lose freedoms. Jews know what it’s like to be slaves.
And it’s why we celebrate Passover, by not just having a service and a meal, but having a very ceremonious retelling of the Passover story and our exodus from Egypt. It is said that the person who shares and retells the story of Passover is praiseworthy. And that we should always remember that we were strangers in a strange land.
Passover isn’t something happened to our people way back when. To a Jew, Passover is what happened to US.
Passover is the second most holy holy days in the Jewish faith. It’s a holy time that I take very seriously. It’s why I made this website. It’s why I search so hard for the truth. It’s why I spotlight oppression, discrimination and violence so that justice can come to this world. Our Passover seder teaches us that WE endured being slaves in Egypt. WE endured the drowning of our male children in the Nile of Egypt. And most importantly it teaches us that no man or woman shall endure the same.
While we celebrate our freedom at the Passover seder, we also take no joy in the fate of the Egyptians from the 10 plagues. We pour a little wine out for each plague in order to lessen the sweetness of our freedom that came from the plight of others.
We lessen the sweetness of our freedom that came from the plight of others.
This is why, a Jew will stand up for a muslim, why many Jews seek sanctuary for the Syrian people. Why many of us can not stand by while others are not free.
Whether you are religious or not, Jewish or not, remember that some of your freedom came from the plight of others. Our freedoms here in the US came at great cost to African American slaves. To Native American indigenous people. To those who fought for our freedoms in every war on this land and over sea. The majority of this country are generations of people seeking sanctuary from oppression in their country, and adopting the US as their home.
Today and tomorrow are the last days of Pasover. I would ask you to remember that you came from oppression to freedom. Remember that you were a stranger once in this strange land. And to remember to fight against oppression of any kind. And lessen the joy of your freedom that came from the plight of others. To do so doesn’t make you holy. It makes you a great human being. I invite you to observe the lesson of Passover with me.