30 Days of Liberation: Day 26 – Open Up

After the meal we open our doors. Most of us think of this act as welcoming Elijah the Prophet. But according to the medieval Polish sage Moses Isserles, who lived at a time when it was dangerous to publicize one’s Judaism, we open our doors as a rejection of fear. Many of us live our lives metaphorically “shut in.” We let fear prevent us from being open to life’s possibilities and venturing into the unknown. There are, of course, real dangers out there. We are justified in protecting ourselves from harm. But fear, when prevailing, is paralyzing and corrosive. Instead, open wide your doors. There may be darkness there, but it is also the only way to let in the light.

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