When the Hasidim of Kotzk prayed, they did not move. Any external sign of piety was deemed pretentious. The story is told of a great student, who after one prayer session -- though someone observing from the side would not even have noticed that he was praying -- was bathed in sweat and had actually cracked two of his teeth.
This is the time to sit with the anxiety, the ambiguity and the unknowability of our lives. This is the time to go down deep in to the deepest recesses of who we are, to find resources and riches we didn't know were there.
Why do we repeat the same story over and over again? Why do we never actually "get there"? Because every place, every moment has the potential for constriction and release, for fear and hope, for degradation and praise, for brokenness and wholeness.
Jewish ritual is meant to be experiential -- something that simultaneously catapults us backwards in time and propels us forward in anticipation of the future. When we sit at the seder we are attempting to connect with the Power that makes for freedom, identify that force within ourselves and the Universe to bring about redemption.
Is being around Jews or joining a synagogue or celebrating Jewish holidays with Jews what we yearn for? I'm not sure.
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