Egypt at night, courtesy of NASA’s photo of the day.
The Land of Goshen, where the Israelites first settled during the reign of Joseph, is thought to be located in the mid-right side of the “blossom” part of the flower. Having come in freedom to a wide, open place, the Israelites were ultimately pressed into the harsh and narrow service of building monuments to Pharaoh’s ego.
There are many lessons to be culled from the story of Passover. Some obvious, some extrapolated. The following is of the latter sort:
Under certain circumstances, the pursuit of comfort, even in a seemingly benign, welcoming environment, can seduce, lull and blind us to the incremental encroachment of slavery. What begins as a luxury becomes a necessity; what begins as desire becomes a need; what begins as a lark becomes a habit.
And then, one day, we see that we are no longer our own masters.
Passover allows us this moment of re-assessment. Have we landed where we wanted or have we somehow gone astray? Has a simple, innocent veering sometime a while ago led us to a place we do not want to be? Have we made the right choices for the right reasons?
What would it take to right our course? shed our shackles? Return to our simple but fulfilling land of milk and honey?
Pursuing that new course is true liberation.