What would the Exodus from Egypt look like to Jews living in the smartphone generation?
by Jon Kranz
On Passover, a key requirement is that in each generation, Jews should view the Exodus as though it is happening to them. Making the Passover story relevant today does not mean we should literally re-enact the Exodus. For example and for obvious reasons, we should not (i) put infants in baskets and float them down the Nile River, (ii) build golden calves or (iii) wander through a desert for forty years. That would be taking things a bit too far and, practically speaking, it would be very tough to secure the necessary insurance for such pursuits.
“Hey Hebrews, I need those pyramids done like yesterday.”
Making the Exodus relevant today, however, does mean that we should embrace a “Passover State of Mind,” which, incidentally, was the original title to Billy Joel’s big hit, “New York State of Mind.” (Mr. Joel’s original lyrics went something like this: “Some Jews like to get away, take a holiday from the neighborhood. Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood. But I’m staying in my house, with four cups of Kedem wine. I’m in a Passover State of Mind.”)
To put today’s tech-reliant Jews in the proper Passover state of mind, we must make the Passover story technologically relatable. So, the question is: what would the Passover story look like to Jews living in the cellphone generation?
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