Haggadah Section: -- Exodus Story


Marge Piercy

The courage to let go of the door, the handle.

The courage to shed the familiar walls whose very

Stains and leaks are comfortable as the little moles

Of the upper arm; stains that recall a feast,

A child’s naughtiness, a loud battering storm

That slapped the roof hard, pouring through.

The courage to abandon the graves dug into the hill,

The small bones of children and the brittle bones

Of the old whose marrow hunger had stolen;

The courage to desert the tree planted and only

begun to bear; the riverside  where promises were

shaped; the street where the empty pots were broken.


The courage to leave the place whose language you learned

as early as your own, whose customs however dangerous

or demeaning, bind you like a halter

you have learned to pull inside, to move your load;

the land fertile with the blood spilled upon it; the roads

mapped and annotated for survival.


The courage to walk out of the pain that is known

into the pain that cannot be imagined,

mapless, walking into the wilderness, going

barefoot with a canteen into the desert;

stuffed in the stinking hold of a rotting ship

sailing off the map  into dragon’s mouths,


Cathay, India, Siberia, goldeneh medina,

leaving bodies by the way like abandoned treasure.

So they walked out of Egypt. So they bribed their way

Out of Russia under loads of straw; so they steamed

out of the bloody smoking charnelhouse of Europe

on overlooked freighters forbidden all ports-


out of pain, into death or freedom or a different

painful dignity, into squalor or politics.

We Jews are all born of wanderers, with shoes

under our pillows and a memory of blood that is ours

raining down. We only honor those Jews who changed

tonight, who chose the desert over bondage,

who walked into the strange and became strangers

and gave birth to children who could look down

on them standing on their shoulders for having

been  slaves.  We honor those who let go of everything

but freedom, who ran, who revolted, who fought,

who became other by saving themselves.






MArge Piercy

Inspired to create
your own Haggadah?

Make your own Haggadah and share with other Seder lovers around the world

Have an idea
for a clip?

People like you bring their creativity to when they share their ideas in a clip

Support Us
with your donation

Help us build moments of meaning and connection through
home-based Jewish rituals.


contributor image
Esther Kustanowitz
4 Haggadahs44 Clips
contributor image
JQ International
1 Haggadah40 Clips
contributor image
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
5 Haggadahs109 Clips
contributor image
1 Haggadah13 Clips
contributor image
1 Haggadah78 Clips
contributor image
Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
1 Haggadah36 Clips
contributor image
American Jewish World Service
1 Haggadah44 Clips
contributor image
3 Haggadahs57 Clips
contributor image
Repair the World
12 Clips
contributor image
5 Haggadahs48 Clips
contributor image
Be'chol Lashon
2 Haggadahs27 Clips
contributor image
PJ Library
1 Haggadah17 Clips
contributor image
Jewish World Watch
3 Haggadahs42 Clips
contributor image
Secular Synagogue
10 Clips
contributor image
1 Haggadah9 Clips
contributor image
The Blue Dove Foundation
20 Clips
contributor image
24 Clips
contributor image
Jewish Emergent Network
1 Haggadah22 Clips

Passover Guide

Hosting your first Passover Seder? Not sure what food to serve? Curious to
know more about the holiday? Explore our Passover 101 Guide for answers
to all of your questions.

Haggadot by Recustom, is a free resource for all backgrounds and experiences. Consider making a donation to help support the continuation of this free platform.

Copyright © 2024 Custom and Craft Jewish Rituals Inc, dba Recustom, dba
All Rights Reserved. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. EIN: 82-4765805.