Passover: Party, or Plague?

Weary and wasted from the first night of Passover, I’m prepping for an MRI in an hour. But, as I was driving back from my kids’ school (I let them sleep late – we didn’t finish the service until nearly 11:30pm, damn Daylight Savings Time), I was thinking, this holiday – is it a party or a plague?

There’s food and wine and singing. Sounds like a party, right?

But every year we relive and retell the story of enslavement and persecution, and for all of my life, those stories have echoed of reality in the 20th and 21st centuries as well.

Why is that? Why is this?

And then, I started to think about how blogs are excellent as a tool for expressing frustration, concerns, queries. But they aren’t often enough turned into tools for change, real change – action.

Just look down the list of titles at BlogNetNews Ohio, or Lefty Blogs. I’m in there too – not necessarily any different than any others, complaining, highlighting, pointing out what I think shouldn’t go unheralded.

But how many in there give you, give us marching orders? Provide a way for us to change, ourselves and others?

Lately, I would say, over the last four weeks or so, I’ve been distraught at the nagging and personalizing of some blog posts. I find it disgusting, to be honest. I’m not saying I don’t do it too – I’m sure WLST has some great examples (well, only a few).

Lisa Renee’s post about how she and Maggie Thurber are working on TPS’s BOE job description – that is excellent. That is what we need to work toward.

Balance. Balance between noting what’s problematic and providing ways to compose solutions and pursue them.

Circling back to Passover, it occurs to me that we have got to do this because, for example, Jews have been saying next year in Jerusalem forever, and the Palestinians want East Jerusalem for themselves. You’d think, by now, that there’d be enough of a critical mass of people who want to see these peoples stop complaining, stop fighting and get the deed done.

Unless they are peoples who need to complain. And that’s a whole ‘nother post.

Chag Sameach.

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