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Mr. Rogers and Getting Unstuck from Egypt

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Only recently did I realize how the Mr. Rogers of my childhood was decades ahead of his time. The 2019 movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” with Tom Hanks, highlights his incredibly moving and surprisingly familiar values. Mr. Rogers prays for people by name, loves every child and adult exactly for who they are, and without criticism, like a good rebbe, helps them believe in themselves, open their eyes to the people around them, and heal even the most broken relationships.

In the movie, Mr. Rogers helps a cynical journalist reconsider his deep-seated anger towards his father, and on the way shed some of his callousness towards the world.

In the Torah and in our lives, Egypt is a metaphor for such struggles – to emerge from Mitzrayim – our Mei Tzarim – our........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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