Like many of you, I have been captivated by the story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground since August 5. I spoke about them on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (you can find it in the sermons section of this website) as an example of living as though your present reality is not the only possible reality.
Beginning last night the miners have begun to emerge from their dark confinement. I find myself moved and touched by the photos of the miners themselves and of their reunions with family members. They have truly wandered through a wilderness and emerged into a new reality. It is a profound image of hope fulfilled and dreams achieved.
Every morning in Birkot Hashachar, the morning blessings, we say Barukh atah Adonia, eloheinu melekh ha olam, matir asurim. Praised are you Lord our God, Ruler of the universe who frees the confined. Many days it strikes me as metaphor, but today it is a vivid reality as we give thanks to God for liberation and release.