by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on April 14, 2014

in Geopolitical,Tribute,United States of America

I was tempted to write about the great March retail sales this morning.  It is certainly a positive for the economy and the markets.  But I heard something this morning on NPR that is timely, and such an important reminder about the value of freedom, that I am highlighting that instead.

The civil war in Syria has caused much suffering for the people of Syria.  Loss of life, food insecurity, and destruction of property and infrastructure.  However, one ethnic group in Syria is experiencing a silver lining of sorts.  The Kurds, many of whom have fled the civil war for northern Iraq, are experiencing a type of religious freedom that they were deprived of in Syria.  An English speaking woman who was interviewed by NPR said that although they are living in makeshift tents, and they are poor, they are happy to finally be free to speak their language and celebrate their Holidays.

Tonight the Jewish holiday of Passover begins.  It is a celebration of freedom from slavery.  At each Passover Seder (dinner) tonight, Jews around the world will re-live and remember, through the ceremony, what it was like to be deprived of the very freedoms many people today are still lacking, and the same freedoms some Kurds are now enjoying.  We also remember that freedom is not to be taken for granted.

At this special time of year let us remember those who still lack even the most basic of freedoms.

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