What a beautiful celebration, happy families and friends at the table, the four questions, the cups of wine, fabulous food, songs--the retelling of the fabulous tale of slavery and freedom. And yet today, in the very land that tribal legend says that God gave to Moses, the natives are ironically suffering in ways reminiscent of the travails of the Hebrews. In Exodus, it is said that the Egyptians forced the Hebrews to build cities for them. Who is forced to build the settlements in order to have money to live? Palestinians. The Egyptians treated the Hebrews harshly, yet they continued to multiply, like the Arabs, who are not vanishing. Pharaoh ordered that the Hebrews could not have straws to make bricks. The Gazans cannot have concrete to rebuild their homes, schools and businesses. Maybe it is time to look around and see that we are all the same and that no man can tyrannize another.
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