Something To Reflect On At Your Seder

As we prepare to enter Pesach, let us not forget that our Ukrainian brothers and sisters are living the horrors of a modern-day Exodus. While many Ukrainians are courageously fighting for their freedom, for their democratic government, for their very lives, many more have been forced to flee their homeland in search of a safe haven.Lucas Fain, a visiting scholar in the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University and the nephew of our members Stephen and Judy Fain and cousin of our members Peter and Jenn Fain, writes in his recent essay, Putin’s New Iron Curtain, that this horrific, contemporary exodus of innocent Ukrainians reminds him of the lessons of Emmanuel Lévinas, a 20th-century Jewish philosopher who was captured by the Nazis and lost his family to the horrors of the Holocaust. Fain cites Lévinas’ essay The Contemporary Relevance of Maimonides, published in 1935, in which the philosopher refers to…