David Brooks: Jews in Exodus depended on song and dance, as well as God.

David Brooks reports in his NYT column, that Jews in Exodus depended on song and dance, as well as God.

Apparently, they sang: But if somehow you could pack up your sorrows, And give them all to me…..

The story from the Book of Exodus that Jews read as part of the Passover Seder offers subtler strategies and techniques for finding strength and happiness.
nytimes.com|By David Brooks

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1 Response to David Brooks: Jews in Exodus depended on song and dance, as well as God.

  1. Oh my, the comments are mostly negative. I had to read way down the list to recommend a few positive reactions. I found this one, I was pleased to second. As a folk song and dance promoter and leader, I know that much of what Brooks is bringing up is true.
    Colorado 22 hours ago

    Love the story! Whether it’s myth or history, it’s giving spiritual advice, just like other scriptures do.

    Jesus says the kingdom of God is within you, and that kingdom is joy and peace and goodness. If we are experiencing fear, we are not experiencing that joyful, peaceful kingdom. That’s why another passage says, Fear not, for, lo, I am with you always.

    Singing, on the other hand, takes your mind off the fear, raising your spirit and allowing the peace to be felt. Jesus also calls for a renewing of the mind (that’s the only place fear exists). The word “repent” means re-think.

    Many of our spiritual teachings have so much in common, it’s a shame we don’t do a treasure hunt for those, instead of fiercely defending the differences we perceive – also in our minds.

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