Four Cups of Wine 

Each Passover, we join together to drink four cups of wine to represent the promises of freedom that God made to the Israelites in Egypt. This Passover we will make four new promises: to protect, adapt, conserve and mitigate. As we welcome Elijah for a fifth cup of wine, we will also welcome a commitment to climate action, in order to promote justice and health for our earth and all of its inhabitants. 

As we begin our Passover seder and prepare to drink this first cup of wine, we must remember that, while we drink wine, many in the United States and around the world do not have access to clean water. Clean water is not a privilege; it is a basic human right. One in ten people currently lack access to clean water. That’s nearly 1 billion people in the world without clean, safe drinking water. Almost 3.5 million people die every year because of inadequate water supply. Sanitation, hygiene, and handwashing alone can reduce this number by 35%. From Flint, Michigan to California, from Israel to Haiti, communities are suffering without equal access. This need not be the case. Our first cup of wine is our first promise: We will work to ensure that everyone has access to clean water, free from pollution. 

Together, we recite: 

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶן

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, borei p’ri hagafen 
Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. 

Give up bottled water. Buy yourself a reusable water bottle and inspire those around you, too.

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haggadah Section: Kadesh
Source: Earth Justice Seder