Emma Bauer

What is it about our country that enslaves us in this cycle of violence?

As I sat down to the first night Passover Seder I attended on my campus, I was offered a sheet with four recommended discussion questions. One question stood out to my friends and me: “What enslaves you?”

We laughed over it at the time, at the sometimes-dark Jewish humor of the discussion of how oppressed our ancestors were, talk that always comes up with Passover.

Yet, this is a worthwhile question to pose.

We sit down yearly to remember the slavery our Jewish ancestors escaped millennia ago. But after another white supremacist with a deadly weapon has perpetrated another hate crime in Poway, California, we must all reflect on what enslaves us now, as a Jewish community and as a country.

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