Are Our Cell Phones Our Egypt?

Passover and the first and second night Seders just happened.
We planned or attended a Seder, we reunited with family and friends, we told the story of exodus again, and we enjoyed symbolic food and a great dinner.

When we counted the 10 plagues we placed a drop of wine in our plates for each of them,

  1. Water turns into blood;
  2. Frogs
  3. Biting insects
  4. Wild animals
  5. Livestock disease
  6. Boils
  7. Hail
  8. Locusts
  9. Darkness
  10. Death of the firstborn

Some of us used a traditional Haggadah version, others a more modern one that also might have included modern plagues such as hunger and terrorism …

During the Seder we learned the God had hardened Pharaoh’s heart and did not listen to Moses plea: “Let my people go”.

For Pharaoh the Jews, his slaves belonged to him, belonged to Egypt.

Then we reached the part in the Seder where we say, “Once were slaves in Egypt, but now we are free.”

We should ask ourselves that question again, set into modern times. Are we still enslaved, can we free ourselves.

Think again of your Seder, I am sure all of us had “a little Egypt” either in our pockets, purses or at reach – yes I am talking about our cell phones.
Most likely all of these little devices were set on vibrate or silent but think again, did you still look at your screen at some time during the Seder or evening?

On average people check their phones about 180 times a day. We check email, directions; we place calls, text our children, we drive with it in our hands or check it when stopped at an intersection. There is always something and we always have a good excuse.

It helps us kill time, time we don’t have, we are afraid of not doing anything.

For sure we cannot live without technology and we should not but maybe we need to created sacred spaces for ourselves that are phone free

So did you check a status, email, or score – did you absolutely have to Google something during your Seder?

If you did not – bravo – maybe this night was different from all other nights after all.