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April 13, 2006

Mother Knows Best

This was the Passover blessing given by my mother last night, back home in California. She sent it to me, and I think it wise and beautiful, and decided to share it here:

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Tonight, right near the location of the biblical Babylonia, in the holiest of lands, there are human beings losing their lives, as though, after thousands of years of history, the lessons of living together still have not been learned. As we are supposed to celebrate and recant tales of ancient hatreds, as we speak of chosen people, of next year in a land that belongs only to us, what happens to the rest of the world, what happens to the dream of a unified world...where all dreams have the right to exist? Where a woman in Baghdad is safe to walk to the market in the morning; where a twenty year old American soldier has the right to be with his young wife and babies, instead of walking down a dusty street with fear in his throat in a land he has never been to before, and fighting for what?

I believe the angels continue to weep in each generation as we sacrifice human life for power and greed. And so, thousands of years later, we continue to wander unmindfully in the desert, following leaders who cannot lead. We walk around the same golden calf, only this time we call it oil.

All people are chosen people, the potential for forgiveness and loving-kindness and compassion is the promise of each generation, and the promised land which is this state of mind, is always within grasp. The promised land exists for all people, and it belongs to everyone. The promised land is not a place, it is a time of peace that we cannot reach because still cannot walk with one another on higher ground.

And so this passover, at this seder, it appears to me, that we are still in the wilderness, still bickering, still unmindful, still suffering because of our own corruptions. G-d gave us the ten commandments. but until we live by them, we continue to be wanderers in the desert. All of us. Miracles are all around us, the manna continues to fall on us just for the asking, the hills are still green and spring will still come, but the ice is melting, the days grow warmer, the hurricanes come. There is still time to honor the rainbow....Hashem continues to wait and watch. He gives us another chance, another season in which to redeem ourselves. May the strife end, may we hammer our swords into plowshares and find our way to the promised land.
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Amen.

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Allow me to add my voice, my hope to that of your mother and you.

L'shanah haba'ah b'Yerushalayim!

Posted by: Stephen | Apr 14, 2006 12:10:03 AM

The promised land exists for all people, and it belongs to everyone.

A truly beautiful sentiment. All the gods children.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 14, 2006 1:58:46 AM

Mother, as wise and beautiful, fragile and kind...does, in fact, know best...
as always...

amen<3

Posted by: Liliana Klein | Apr 14, 2006 2:15:49 AM

Why does Ezra's mom hate America?

Posted by: SP | Apr 14, 2006 9:34:55 AM

Awesome.

And I'm really not even religious!

Posted by: Adrock | Apr 14, 2006 10:08:32 AM

And I'm really not even religious!

Teh really curious part is I don't think Ezra is either. I believe he has stated that he is an atheist. So...WTF?

Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 14, 2006 10:33:28 AM

I'm not an atheist and would have never stated otherwise. I have problems with certain conceptions of God, just as I do with materialism. So, in true Californian fashion, I'm a spiritual agnostic.

Posted by: Ezra | Apr 14, 2006 10:49:15 AM

I'm not an atheist and would have never stated otherwise.

Great! Neither am I! Now, wasn't that easy??

So, in true Californian fashion, I'm a spiritual agnostic.

Well, when the rest of the country thinks about California, they don't think spritual agnostic. Images of Michael Newdow and the San Francisco "pride" parades come to mind.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 14, 2006 11:08:08 AM

Your schtick is getting stunningly tiresome, Fred.

Posted by: Ezra | Apr 14, 2006 11:17:10 AM

Ezra, I'm still not sure why you never banned Fred for this lovely display of behavior back in February.

Some liberal blogs are blessed with smart contrarian commentators, or at least reasonably entertaining trolls. Fred is neither. He adds nothing to the discussion that couldn't be cribbed from a ranter in your local right-wing college newspaper. And when he lets his mask slip (see link above), it's not a pretty sight. So why do you bother putting up with him all? Serious question.

Posted by: Evan | Apr 14, 2006 12:46:33 PM

Huh -- I'd never seen that thread before. I don't like to ban, and I think folks like Fred are actually healthy additives to the discussion. Dissension is good. Would that we had more conservatives like Dave Justus, or Tigerhawk around, but we don't.

Fred tends to be an active and reasonably positive part of the community here, and is sometimes unfairly pilloried because folks simply disagree with him. That said, he goes through cycles where he becomes embattled and mean-spirited, as you've seen lately. He generally snaps out of it, but if he continues to inject bitterness, anger, and condescension into threads with no place for them -- say, this one, about a passover blewssing given by my mother -- I'll have to reevaluate.

Posted by: Ezra | Apr 14, 2006 12:54:26 PM

... if he continues to inject bitterness, anger, and condescension into threads with no place for them -- say, this one, about a passover blewssing given by my mother -- I'll have to reevaluate.

??? I don't believe I mentioned the blessing *or* your mother.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 14, 2006 1:14:29 PM

Oh sure, Tigerhawk is a great example of an interesting, honest dissenter. He makes your blog better. Fred doesn't.

Fred is pilloried because unlike the smarter conservatives on your blog, Fred goes out of his way to say things that are offensive or easily refuted. This pisses people off, which in turn allows Fred to feel "victimized" and stir up yet more shit, which is of course the entire point. Trolling 101.

As an exercise, go back through your archives and read through posts where Dave or Tigerhawk chimed in -- and compare and contrast with Fred. The difference in the tone and the substance of the discussion is striking.

Posted by: Evan | Apr 14, 2006 1:27:08 PM

Oh -- as for Fred going through "cycles", I really hadn't noticed. His behavior seems pretty steady-state to me.

But even if we grant that he does go through cycles, so what? He's not a friend or family member. You don't owe him the favor of putting up with him in the hope that he might say something useful someday. Let him find some other free therapeutic outlet for himself, one that doesn't involve trashing discussion after discussion at ezraklein.com.

Posted by: Evan | Apr 14, 2006 1:42:54 PM

Your mother sounds like quite a woman. You're very lucky. I hope you appreciate her; it certainly sounds like you do.

Posted by: Rebecca Allen,PhD,ARNP | Apr 14, 2006 1:57:36 PM

Fred: This is a thread about her and the benediction. This is your problem: you don't realize that dragging a conversation off-topic to indulge your biases and obsessions is, at best, impolite.

Evan: I don't know, I've always found their to be two Freds, one who's fairly on-point and brings up troubling truths, and the other who's a self-obsessed, intelelctually dishonest provacateur.

Rebecca: I do.

Posted by: Ezra | Apr 14, 2006 2:30:17 PM

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