Music Played18 items
Hot Chocolate You Sexy Thing
Hot Chocolate, EMI, 16
Billy Joel She's Always A Woman
The Stranger, Columbia, 7
Jim Stafford Spiders & Snakes
And I Write The Songs (Various Artis, Debutante
James Morrison One Life
(CD Single), Island, 1
John Lennon #9 Dream
The John Lennon Collection, Parlophone
Will Young Losing Myself
The Lightning Seeds The Life Of Riley
Sense - The Lightning Seeds, Virgin
The Box Tops The Letter
Rediscover The 60's-With A Little Hel, Old Gold
Train Drive By
(CD Single), Columbia, 12
Tom Petty I Won't Back Down
Tom Petty - Anthology, MCA
Tom Jones It's Not Unusual
Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television
Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds
(CD Single), RCA
Coldplay Charlie Brown
(CD Single), Parlophone, 1
The Dave Clark Five Glad All Over
Glad All Over Again, EMI
Matthew Wilder Break My Stride
Love & Pride - A Kick Up The 80's: Vo, Old Gold
Charlie Gracie Baby Doll
(CD Single), Generic Records, 1
Pause For Thought: Rabbi Jeremy Gordon
This Friday night Jews across the world will celebrate the Jewish Passover – we tell the story of how our ancestors were redeemed from slavery into freedom, from darkness into light.
In the opening verses of the Biblical book of Exodus – the original telling of the story of Passover - the lot of the Israelites unfolds along a straight line from bad to worse to horrific as a genocidal mania sweeps Egypt.
Eventually, the Bible records, the Children of Israel cry out. And it’s only at this point that God engages with the deprivation and murder and becomes a force for redemption.
This crying out is vital. The greatest enemy of change is an acceptance of the status quo. Humans are incredibly adaptable. We can live anywhere, we can put up with almost anything. But this can be compounded by the peculiarly British trait of the stiff upper lip - a sense that complaining is somehow just not the done thing. We can end up suffering injustice with a shrug and nothing more.
Jews, let it be said, have tended to be good at complaining. The story is told of a boy who receives a blue and a red shirt for his birthday from his mother. He puts on the red shirt and comes down to dinner to be greeted with the refrain, ‘what’s wrong with the blue shirt?’
But a good complain keeps alive a sense of what the world should be like. We refuse to meekly accept that which is wrong. When the wrongs are great we don’t just suffer, we cry out. That is a mighty first step.
The cries of peoples in search of justice and liberation have seen mighty dictators topple throughout history – most recently demonstrated in the Arab Spring these past eighteen months. We should never deny the power of a cry. It’s the single act without which no journey from slavery to freedom can take place.
May oppression everywhere be overthrown and to those celebrating the festival of Passover this week – a happy Pesach.