It’s not that they were exceptionally sophisticated or tolerant, as one popular recent article would have it—it’s that they lived surrounded by people who raised pigs.
Embracing the connection between two stories of emancipation.
Showing the Israelite God’s masterful transvaluation of the Egyptian pantheon.
The existence of Jews is a reminder that freedom is possible only with responsibility.
In a remote East African hospital, this seder night was different from all others.
“Even as the ancient Hebrew people answered the call of freedom, we too must heed its voice.”
Not packaged, not square, not oven-baked: that’s what it wasn’t. But what it was and where the name for it comes from is still something of a mystery.
Freedom to enter into the covenant.
A few months ago, I was approached with a request to become involved in a then-secret mission: to examine one of the very few high-medieval Haggadahs still in private hands.
A desire to see wicked nations punished is bound up in the belief in a just and providential God.