10 Plagues

We now arrive to the ten plagues, the disasters inflicted on Egypt in an effort to force Pharaoh to free the Israelites from slavery. Today, there are many plagues that impact marginalized and disproportionately impacted communities. Consider a few of the below and talk through additional modernday plagues.

Unsafe Living Conditions Access to safe housing is a human right, but limited affordable housing options force thousands of individuals to shelter in unsafe conditions.

Displacement: In this past year, millions of people have fled violence and instability in their homes in Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, and South Sudan, just to name a few.

Spread of Covid-19: Social Distancing reduces the spread of Covid-19, but those living in under-resourced homeless shelters might not be able to take this precaution.

Food Insecurity: Hunger can precede houselessness as many who are houseinsecure must decide between paying for housing or groceries.

Climate Justice: Climate change has led to more severe weather, causing an outsized impact on those forced to withstand snowstorms or heat waves without shelter.

Economic Justice: Employers often ask for an address before offering a job, and not having a permanent address can cut off income sources for individuals experiencing houselessness.

Mental Health: Acceptance is not always the norm, as a result, LGBTQ+ houseless youth represent 40% of the houseless youth population, and as many as 60% are likely to attempt suicide.

haggadah Section: -- Ten Plagues