We are not free until we are all free.
Tonight marks the first night of the Jewish holiday Passover. I am so excited for this, because while I am not Jewish – my man happens to be, and it is my understanding that you celebrate this holiday, the ‘Passover Sedar’, with 4 glasses of wine, so I’m all about it :) And you better believe that Steven and I will enjoy some wine tonight with a nice ‘unplugged’ dinner.
On a more serious note, here is something to contemplate this spring, whether you celebrate Passover, Easter, or neither. This conversation is of relevance to us all.
Passover celebrates the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. On a larger scale, it celebrates the eternal pursuit for human dignity and freedom; and the wine drinking and meal shared with friends and family symbolizes the freedom to feel and celebrate joy in life. Likewise, Easter is, among other things, a celebration of the freedom that Jesus Christ provided to us as Christians, through the ultimate sacrifice.
While I am not well versed in the full story of Passover, I can tell you that one way that Passover relates to Easter, is that both holidays serve as a celebration of our freedom, and as a reminder that it is our responsibility to advocate for those who are oppressed and to help them in writing their freedom story.
I can’t think of a better time to reflect on the oppression that still exists in our world today. And while there is grave oppression all over the world, it is especially of relevance to me personally to think about the oppression here in my own community. The issue of hunger and homelessness in America, and specifically in central Florida, is urgent. According to the Point in Time Count, there are thousands of individuals that will go to sleep tonight hungry and somewhere else, other than in their own bed. According to the Department of Education, the rate of homeless families in Florida increases by 12% in 2012, with 8% living in motels. And approximately 1,865 children in Seminole County schools alone are considered homeless.
To make an impact, we must work together in our communities, and the time is now.
To find out ways you can help, see: http://seminolehomelesskids.org/GiveHelpGetHelp.aspx
How are you celebrating this Easter/Passover season?
What are your thoughts on oppression that still exists in the twenty-first century?
- 13 things you need to know for Passover 2013 (theseatonpost.com)