Parashat Masei

Creating Sustainable Freedom

All people must know that they have value.

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These women have something to teach us.

Living with Dignity

Around the world, millions of people are taught, purposefully and implicitly, by violence and poverty, by being denied access to education, health care, and fair labor, that they are disposable. 

Pharaoh's daughter's action toward baby Moses was in contradiction to the harsh and violent oppression of Egypt toward the Israelites. Through her aid, the mother of the High Priest brought dignity to the exiled and recognized the injustice of the social system that enforced his exclusion.

This week, the Israelites recount their passage from a place of slavery to a land of promise. Embedded inside is another narrative, the story of a woman embodying care and responsibility for the banished. She models for us the true journey of our people: creating a sustainable freedom with dignity for all.

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Rabbi Dorothy A. Richman

Rabbi Dorothy A. Richman is the Rabbi Martin Ballonoff Memorial Rabbi-in-Residence at Berkeley Hillel.