According to Hasidic thought, the Exodus was a mass conversion. The Jews weren’t really Jews until we left Pharaoh and followed God’s call to righteousness and justice. That’s why the Seder’s first ritual washing, “U’Rhatz,” occurring before we recall the Exodus, is done with no blessing. This is a kind of spiritual honesty. By not blessing, we affirm that we begin distant from God, enslaved to other masters, and failing to live lives of blessing. In our lives, this is a deep truth as well: to go anywhere, we have to be honest with ourselves about where we are.
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