The Passover story takes us from the harsh conditions of slavery to seizing the moment and taking the leap into freedom, followed by a long journey through the wilderness. The biblical text is quick to tell us that the Hebrews were not led on the direct route to the promised land because G!d was concerned that if they immediately faced war with the Philistines they would be afraid and regret leaving Egypt, running right back into slavery. As a result we were guided on a 40 year journey through the wilderness.
Does any of this resonate in your life? Fear has definitely sent me on some round-about paths, maybe even 40 years worth. Yet, the promise of the desert is the opportunity to experience the revelation of the Divine, receiving guidance and transforming who we are from slaves to our history and culture into the unlimited, self actualized people we were born to be. The period of counting the omer-7 weeks from the 2nd night of Passover until Shavuot, is a focused time for rooting out the thoughts, behaviors and feelings that keep us enslaved and small and open us to new possibilities. By annually becoming aware of our painful enslavement and clearing what keeps us bound, we slowly reveal and liberate more and more of our highest selves to bring gifts and genius into the world.
May this time, focused on our growth and self-liberation, move us into a fruitful and generative phase in our lives and our world.
Rabbi Nahariyah Mosenkis