Passover is the story of our redemption, the Exodus from Egypt, the triumph of freedom over slavery, of dignity over degradation...the movement from darkness into light, from paralysis into possibility, to self-determination from systematized oppression. The Exodus is a story of plagues and wonders, but the central feature of this story is of a people going on a journey, leaving behind tyranny and persecution, reclaiming their humanity. The Exodus story is a testament to the inextinguishable yearning, both human and divine, for freedom.
This summer we’re gonna need a little of your time. Using this box correctly requires slowing down and paying attention.
As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said: “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement.... get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”
What will amaze you this summer? What blessings will you find?
We at Hello Mazel start thinking about our lives a few weeks before the High Holidays. And by “lives” we don’t mean our bank accounts, job titles, or where we sit on the CrossFit leader board, but rather, who we’ve been this year, who we are. Our relationships. Where we’re headed. Where we want to be headed.
Then (and it’s much easier said than done) we’re supposed to start cleaning up the stuff that’s gone unattended. Not the kind of stuff in drawers, but things like grudges, hurts, slights. The I-may- have-really-offended-her type of stuff. You know what we mean. Get going. You can do it. Be brave.
It’s the time of year that’s so dark that, even though you’re a totally modern, totally with-it, science-believing kind of person, there’s still a tiny part of you that wonders if it’s ever going to get light again.
It’s the same part of you that wonders if the problems of the world can ever really be solved.
So maybe you were wondering: When do we light the Hanukkah candles? The answer: right when doubt and cynicism are kicking in, fueled by seemingly endless darkness. That’s the time to light. Right exactly then.