“The stories we tell our children shape what they believe to be possible—which is why at Passover, we must tell the stories of the women who played a crucial role in the Exodus narrative.”
Passover is a couple weeks away, but The Notorious RBG and Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt have given us food for thought as Jews and Christians move from slavery to freedom, from darkness to light, from death to life.
Just as Shonda Rhimes said here, it’s essential to see ourselves in stories. If we read and watch stories that show People Like Us, we are inspired to step up and be who God created us to be.
(Note: It’s an underrated miracle when, for example, a young black girl becomes a brain surgeon even when she has never in her life seen a black female doctor until she herself goes to medical school. I am humbled to have been part of that miracle too. I never heard a woman preach until I went to seminary.)
It’s much easier to step up into our calling if there is a story that teaches our daughters that they can carry forward the traditions of the women who went before them. We easily forget that a brave woman gave birth to Moses, assisted by two wily midwives. We downplay the fact that without a daughter of privilege and a daughter of slavery teaming up, there would be no exodus out of Egypt.
As Spring begins today, it’s a lovely time to prepare for a new Exodus. Who are we mentoring? Who is watching us and how are we encouraging them to be who God has called them to be? Who needs a fresh vision to escape some 21st Century version of slavery?
Image is a tattoo created by Nikki Lugo after RBG’s 35 page dissent against the 2014 Supreme Court ruling that Hobby Lobby could deny contraception coverage to employees as part of the company’s health insurance plan.