Pour the second glass of wine for everyone, do not drink it.
ּעֲבָדִים הָיִינוּ הָיִינו. עַתָּה בְּנֵי חוֹרִין
Avadim hayinu hayinu. Ata b’nei chorin.
We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt. Now we are free.
Pour the second glass of wine for everyone.
The Haggadah doesn’t tell the story of Passover in a linear fashion. We don’t hear of Moses being found by the daughter of Pharaoh – actually, we don’t hear much of Moses at all. Instead, we get an impressionistic collection of songs, images, and stories of both the Exodus from Egypt and from Passover celebrations through the centuries. Some say that minimizing the role of Moses keeps us focused on the miracles God performed for us. Others insist that we keep the focus on the role that every member of the community has in bringing about positive change.
This too is in alignment with our celebration tonight of la cultura Mexicano y Latino Americano as many Mexican and latin American revolutionaries did not stand in isolation but instead worked as communities towards collective change and represented these stories in elaborate and beautiful collective ways. Examples include the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida who fought against slavery and for better working conditions for indigenous workers, the United Farm Workers Strike led by Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez and many others, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Chiapas, and the local latinx led Northwest Detention Center Resistance in Tacoma.
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