Students of comparative religion will know that we are in the middle of the Jewish festival of Passover. Exoterically, this celebrates the time that Moses – with the help of a miracle or three – led the Jewish nation from slavery in Egypt, to the land of Israel.Esoterically, it tells a story more familiar to us. The Biblical Hebrew for Egypt is Eretz Mitzraim, or the land of “straits” – suffering, challenges, and, well, slavery. Moses in Hebrew means “draw out” and that is just what Moses did, with the universe’s help, drew the “chosen people” – another interesting phrase – out of the land where they were slaves, through many years in the desert where they were purified and learned new ways to behave and live, into the promised land, the land of milk and honey, the land of sweetness. Moses also has some connections with the Hebrew word for “son.”
Could anything be more obvious?