Sunday, April 13, 2014

On Pesach and Empathy

I think that knowing that there are others that are different yet similar to you who have their varieties of stuff too is a big part of our mission in life.

This may sound like a stretch, but I think that the idea of seeing ourselves as i we went out of Egypt and the whole Seder and Pesach experience relates to this calling.

The Rambam writes that we need to discuss what happened (irah) and what ws (hayah).  Rav Noach Weinberg's he'orah on this was that one is just the surface facts of what happened (ira)  and the other is the details of the inner experience, what was it like (hayah)?

With everyone we meet we need to go through these two levels- to see the surface and to see below it.

This connects with the concept of there being an eternal Jewish People.  We are part of a whole?  But how so, if not by getting one another.


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