The Talmud records a debate about how to begin telling the Passover story. Do we start with our enslavement in Egypt, or with our ancestors worshipping idols? Is the story physical/political, or is it psychological/spiritual? The answer, of course, is both. As beings of body and soul, our life’s journey always has both physical and spiritual dimensions. A spiritual person cannot long forsake his/her physical needs, and “a human does not live on bread alone.” The person of faith must be concerned with politics, and the worldly must attend to the moral dimensions of their deeds. We all begin in idolatry and enslavement. Where we go from there is up to us.
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