I was honoured to be invited to a Seder last night. I learned a lot, although what I managed to learn is the tiniest tip of the iceberg.
One thing I am left thinking about is the idea of leaving Egypt (mitzrayim). My hostess explained that mitzrayim can refer to the actual geography of the Nile Valley, as in the narrow passage the Jews moved through, or it can refer to a more metaphorical state of confinement. In a metaphorical sense we are all trying to get out of Egypt.
I wonder what my life will be like when I finally get out of my Egypt.
I loved this quotation that Tamara included in the Haggadah:
When you are about to leave Egypt – any Egypt – do not stop to think, "But how will I earn a living out there? One who stops to "make provisions for the way" will never get out of Egypt.
– Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav