In a moment, our Seder will be complete. We don’t say “It is finished” because we want to remember that working for oppression in the world is our never-ending responsibility. Instead, we recommit ourselves to the vision of a world filled with peace and justice for all. We wish for a world where “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor study war anymore.” We wish for a world where people are not treated differently because of their race, their religion, their gender, their nationality, how much money they have, or the people they love. We wish for a world that affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person on our planet, and assures basic human rights for everyone, everywhere.
“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.” - Marian Wright Edelman Founder , Children’s Defense Fund
We close our Seder by saying, “L’Shanah Haba’ah B’Yirushalyim!” which means “Next year in Jerusalem!” It refers not only to a hope, but also to a “plan of action”, that in future times, all people will live in shalom (peace), safety and freedom.
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