Friday, April 18, 2008

Seder Snapshot

“Passover Seders have helped us to identify oppression for thousands of years.  During the civil rights movement in America, for example, Jews, African-Americans, Native-Americans and many other people gathered together at Passover Seders to renew their commitment to their fight for equality.  ...While we read the story of Exodus at the Seder, we should remember that there is still work to do to guarantee justice and equality for all people.  

Oppression does not always mean slavery or punishment.  Sometimes it means discrimination against someone because of a person’s race, or religion, or age, whether or not they own a home, or the people they choose to live with and to love.  ...Sometimes oppression means other people do not seem to care enough about problems that hurt people, like AIDS or child abuse."  We can say these problems are our “mitzrayim” or “narrow places”  —from Nancy Cronk’s “Oranges and Olives: A Modern, Interfaith Family Passover Haggadah”  

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