“This Passover, Jewish Liberals must liberate themselves from self-righteous utopianism”

May 1, 2009

On Passover eve, Jews have traditionally asked “Mah nishtana balaila hazeh?” (In what sense is this night different than all others?)

I suggest that this year, Jewish Liberals need to ask, “In what sense does Passover 2012 differ from earlier Passovers?”

On Passover, we need to throw out chametz: we need to rid our souls from outdated conceptions, stale thoughts, entrenched reflexes that have lost their freshness and relevance. This is no less true for Jewish Liberals than for all others.

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