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Next year in Egypt ...

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 19, 2011 | 1:49 pm

Passover began last night at sundown, and Jeffrey Goldberg points out this amazing shift in history:

Michael Walzer once wrote, “Wherever you live, it is probably Egypt.” Those of us who aren’t oppressed live too close to oppression, or participate in oppression, or are otherwise indifferent to oppression. This Passover, when we tell the story of the Jewish people’s journey from the slavery of Egypt to the freedom of Israel, pause for a moment to contemplate this miracle: This year, in Egypt, it isn’t even Egypt. Pharaoh is under arrest, his sons are in jail, and the Egyptian people are groping their way to freedom. Next year, at Passover, let us hope that the Egyptian people will have succeeded in their struggle to make the word “Egypt” a synonym for freedom, and not enslavement.

Chag Sameach indeed.

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