Dreaming of the Promised Land


Dreaming of the Promised Land

by Allison Claire (Member)

Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Last Wednesday marked the end of Passover, when Jews around the world commemorated the escape of the ancient Hebrews from captivity in Egypt. The story is familiar to most of us: Moses and Aaron beseeching the Pharaoh to let their people go, the plagues that God sent to force Pharoah’s hand, the Angel of Death taking the first born Egyptian children but passing over the homes of the Jews, and the escape in the night without time for the bread to rise. The story is retold every year during the course of the seder, a ritual meal in which bitter herbs recall the harshness of slavery, matzoh is broken to recall the unleavened bread of emergency exit, and the dream of the Promised Land is lifted up once again.

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