Sunday, April 12, 2009
my deliverer is coming!
The Jewish Seder Meal is a beautiful feast that I have treasured celebrating with friends in my home. Tommy and I hosted our second Seder Meal this past Friday. Tommy went all out this year and made brisket and matzoh ball soup!
With themes of freedom, remembrance and reaching out to the oppressed, the liturgy of the Passover Haggadah is lovely and convicting at the same time:
"Even today, oppression remains in the world, and we are meant to taste its bitterness recalling these words: "You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in Egypt. When strangers reside with you in your land, you shall not wrong them... You shall love them as yourself, for you were strangers in Egypt. You shall rejoice before God with your son and daughter...and the stranger, the orphan, and the widow in your midst. Always remember that you were slaves in Egypt."
While I am but a mere 1/2 Puerto Rican wandering through the North American diaspora and cannot claim any sort of Jewish heritage, I cannot help but be moved by the above challenge.
Love the stranger for we were all strangers in Egypt.