- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On April 14, 2017
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat.
Mitzrayim means Egypt. Mitzrayim also means from a narrow place. The trajectory of the Passover experience is from the constricting place of slavery to the expansive experience of freedom. But it is not linear. Servitude takes many forms and so does liberty. We move in and out and through and within what closes us in and what releases us.
Maybe Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav actually had it right when he said:
The whole world is a narrow bridge. The main point is not to be afraid. Another rabbi changed the verb from Lo lefached-not to be afraid—to Lo lehitpached—not be afraid of oneself.
Our lives course through narrow paths. For some, it is the familiarity of a daily routine. For others, it may be decision making that makes us feel safe and secure. Mounting pressures come from all sides that make us feel constricted by stress. Fear does that too so that we turn in. Frustration is not far behind.
This holiday of Passover is a moment in the year when we feel the possibility of what optimism offers. It releases us from these narrow places even if only for a week. Nature provides opportunity as well as buds appear on the trees and the plants push through the earth. It is a time when we allow ourselves to shed some of the fear that may prevent us to pursue what each of us has the potential to accomplish. The seeds of hope find their nourishment from within our very being.
The world is a narrow bridge. The main thing is not to be afraid to move in and out and through and within one’s own power to extend and to expand to make a difference for one’s own life and beyond.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!
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