Remembering When We Were Strangers

Abby Zimet

On this first night of Passover, celebrating the liberation of the Jews from Egyptian slavery, Rabbi and Tikkun editor Michael Lerner offers words on the economy, the Iraq war, the Israeli occupation, and the need to "make possible the transformation from 'what is' to 'what ought to be.'"

When we were utterly degraded as slaves, we experienced God as the power that was there redeeming us.. Now it is we who are powerful, and when our Jewish community aligns with the use of power in heartless and cruel ways against another people, we feel deep grief. Our Torah says: “When you come into your land, do not oppress the stranger. Remember that you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” 

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