Escaping our own Egypt

4 weeks ago The Connections Staff 0

Benjamin Rosen// Apex, NC

Featured image by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta

The Jewish people celebrate the Exodus from Egypt on the yearly holiday of Pesach, the day we became free after hundreds of years of slavery. We remember the hardships we have been through and reflect on the freedom we enjoy today. Importantly, it is also a time for engaging in our own personal exodus.

We all have something holding us back, making us slaves once more, but this time in our own minds. It may be addiction, poverty, people, loss, illness or any number of things, and this is our time to recognize what is shackling us and free ourselves from our “own Egypts” however we can.

This may mean talking to someone (I would recommend a Rabbi). Or it could just mean finding the strength in yourself to break your internal chains and seek to better yourself in your own eyes and those of G-d. We should all do our best to become better people, do more good deeds, be kinder and take more seriously our Jewish responsibilities. Whatever is holding you back in your own life, it is no different from the Egypt we remember escaping every year, so don’t treat it any differently—make an effort to overcome adversity and become the very best you can.

You don’t have to do it alone. Like I said, everyone has their own path to take the first step on this Pesach. This is a time not only for liberating yourself but picking up others along the way. No one is without a struggle and no one can truly “do it alone”, so ask for or lend a hand, so we can all escape Egypt together.

This Pesach, it struck me that for most people, escaping our Egypt means escaping ourselves. For the average person, Egypt is just that: the urge to procrastinate, lie, gossip or be mean to others, to prevent ourselves from being the best person we can be. If we can just get over our inner turmoil we find that our lives can be so beautiful and fulfilling; we can escape and trek across the desert to an internal Eretz Yisrael.