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Cup of Elijah

Cup of Elijah

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This section of the Haggadah focuses on our hopes for the peace andredemption of messianic times, while also reminding us of what we can do l’taken et haolam,to repair the world in our own time. By way of example, North Shore CongregationIsrael of Glencoe, IL’s Women’s Seder includes the following passage to be read whileopening the door for Elijah. This reading reminds us that there are still injustices based ongender, and that we must continue to fight for equality in the Jewish community, in the workplace, economically and in society between men and women:

Elijah, we are told,

Will precede the Messiah.

He will be a sign to us.

And so we welcome Elijah

At the end of Shabbat,

A taste of the ideal, the messianic.

We pray, we sing.

At the Seder we even open the door.

At a bris we welcome a baby boy into the covenant. There we place a chair forElijah, reminding us that each child born bears the potential…could make thedifference…could be the Messiah.

But some would say that the Messiah will truly come when we welcome ourdaughters into the covenant with Elijah’s chair present, bringing them into ourpeople, recognizing their potential to make a difference.We open the door. We welcome Elijah, girls and boys, women and men.Together, we realize potential.(Lisa S. Greene)