Pesach is a time of personal reflection: How fortunate we are in America and how personally blessed I am with a wonderful family. Simultaneously, I am riven by the growing national inequality and a seeming paralysis about any meaningful rectification.
Our state and national leaders might heed Jeremy Northam’s summation in David Mamet’s play, “The Winslow Boy:” “What you do to the least of them, you do to me.” I find this holiday, that most symbolizes our flight from persecution and slavery, a time to reflect on the millions of Americans who are in need of a release from a more subtle bondage. To quote Bob Marley: “If we all ain’t got something, we ain’t got nothing.” Pesach is a time to remember our flight from oppression and give thought to those who are less fortunate.
Harry Stern is a retired CEO of the Marcus JCC and serves on the board of the Atlanta Jewish Committee.