Saturday, May 22, 1943
Passover was long over but Lois’ father was still considering its message. In a letter written and posted today, he mused on the meaning of the Hebrews’ escape from Egypt: “I think it is, or should be unethical, to forever neglect or ignore a question or topic raised in the course of correspondence. I shall therefore pick up one loose and dangling about our Passover… I want you to have the picture right. ‘Slavery’ has been abolished long enuf for all of us 20th century babies to begin doubting the truth of its horror [as] described. Just like a child born in riches never feels the urge to exercise all possibilities money could bring within reach, so is a free people. Once enslaved, the slightest display of freedom is cherished. Well, as described in the Talmud, the difference from a slave to a free man is like from a plain person to a king.” That is why, he explained, the father leading the Passover seder must regard himself as a king, the mother as a queen, and the children as royalty. With millions enslaved by the Axis forces, it was a fitting reminder of how precious and precarious freedom is.