During these dark days of winter, across the Jewish world, our lectionary carries us through Exodus, the second book in the Torah. This is deeply fitting, because when light is in short supply — both literally and metaphorically — the story of our liberation from Egyptian bondage provides hope and inspiration. The memory of our past deliverance can serve as a template for current and future resistance to oppression and injustice. And as 2018 opens, our nation is in dire need of such a course correction. Over the past year, our president and his administration have curtailed civil liberties, indulged in racism, xenophobia, misogyny and homophobia, gutted environmental protections, war-mongered, cut health care, and exacerbated the already grotesque abyss between rich and poor with a budget and tax bill that constitute a massive transfer of wealth to the one percent, funded through a large increase in the national debt.