The Jewish people have a special connection to the curse of slavery and to its eradication. At the heart of our history is the Exodus.
“ Avadim hayinu – We were slaves,” the Torah teaches.
At Pesach, we rightly relax and celebrate the freedom we enjoy. But the fight is not over. Slavery persists.
Worldwide, between 21 and 30 million people live in a state of actual slavery. More than half of slaves are in Asia, with another fifth in Africa; and, yes, slavery persists in the United States. More than half of slaves are women and girls. About 25 percent are children. A fifth are sex slaves and the rest are trapped in forced labor. Read more…