All Who Are Hungry – 30 Days of Liberation: Day 7

At the beginning of the Seder, we hold up matzah and say, “All who are hungry, come and eat!” It’s not enough to celebrate freedom from Egypt; we have to work to not be like the Egyptians ourselves. Having experienced the Egyptians’ cruelty, the Jewish tradition charges us to be magnanimous, to ensure that no one wants the way we did. Maimonides teaches, “While one eats and drinks, it is a duty to feed the stranger, the widow, and other poor and unfortunate people. For those who lock the doors of their courtyards and eat and drink with their families without giving anything to eat and drink to the poor are bitter in soul.”

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