Week of January 4, 2013

Pharaoh charged his whole people, saying, “Every boy that is born you shall fling into the Nile, and every girl you shall let live.” Rashi claims that at first Pharaoh only went after the Jews but over time he extended this cruel decree to include every Egyptian. Sometimes we don’t speak against injustice because we think we are safe and will remain unaffected but history shows that this is wrong. Whenever there is tyranny and oppression, nobody is safe. After the Holocaust Martin Niemöller summed this up well with his famous words: Then they came for me / and there was no one left to speak for me.