we are approaching Pesach, AKA Passover, theholiday commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt-called in Hebrew “Mitzrayim,” the narrow place, the place of limitations and few options-through the red Sea, and on to the Promised Land, the place of fulfillment.
A ;pt pf this is metaphor, like all religious teachings;”Mitzrayim” is a terrible situation you can’t tolerate any longer, such as physical bondage, a terrible job with little pay and bad conditions, a school bully, or an abusive spouse or parent. The Red Sea stands for the act of leaving the abusive situation, the borderline between oppression and liberation.
For this, I continue my tradition of Pesach resolutions, like with New Year’s; Pesach is the New Year of the Jews:
I will continue to conduct myself with self-love, self esteem, and self-respect, carrying myself with dignity, paying attention to the positive parts of my life, not judging myself too critically but correcting any errors and moving on.
I will continue to be loyal to Jewish history, religion, Kaballah, Israel,etc., and stand up for my people if attacked.
I will continue my social and political activism,standing up for all put-upon and powerless people, helping them find their power, and help right what is wrong in the community.
I will continue the art and business of writing, attending classes, readings, seminars, etc.
I will continue all forms of educations, be it classroom, libraries, lectures, etc.
I wish everyone a happy Pesach, and may you all escape you own Mitzrayim and get to your Promised land.
My birthday is coming up on August 1 (Leo)-I won’t mention which birthday it is-and I continue my practice of writing down resolutions for my birthday, just like I do for Pesach, Rosh ha-Shona, and New Year’s. Its part of my work at personal development, to clarify my life goals. Here they are:
I will continue to conduct myself with self-love, self-esteem, and self-respect, paying attention to the positive things in my life and in my character.
I will continue to develop in my Jewish faith, learning, and history.
I will continue to improve my financial situation.
I will continue my education, with galleries, libraries, seminars, etc.
I will continue to develop my business and craft as a writer, attending workshops and readings, and submitting to journals; I will also continue to explore other artistic areas, like acting.
I will continue to support my various social and political causes.