The obligation of memory is twofold. The commandment lirot et atzmo, “to see ourselves” as liberated slaves, compels us to remember the suffering that has characterized much of Jewish history and to take pride in the role that Jews played in early civil rights and labor struggles.
But telling stories about the past does not suffice. The obligation l’harot et atzmo, “to show ourselves,” demands action, not just introspection. …the more we show ourselves to be people who respond to oppression, the more we and our children will see ourselves as such.