As we recite the name of each plague, dip a finger in your wine and then touch your plate to remove the drop.
Blood - Dam (Dahm)
Frogs - Ts'phardea (Ts'phar-DEH-ah)
Lice - Kinim (Kih-NEEM)
Wild animals - Arov (Ah-ROV)
Cattle Disease - Dever (DEH-vehr)
Boils - Sh'hin (Sh'-KHEEN)
Hail - Barad (Bah-RAHD)
Locusts - `Arbeh (Ar-BEH)
Darkness - Hoshekh (KHO-shekh)
Death of the Firstborn - Makkat B'khorot (Ma-katB'kho-ROT)
In the same spirit, our celebration today also is shadowed by our awareness of continuing sorrow and oppression in all parts of the world. Ancient plagues are mirrored in modern tragedies.
In our own time, as in ancient Egypt, ordinary people suffer and die as a result of the actions of the tyrants who rule over them.
While we may rejoice in the defeat of tyrants in our own time, we must also express our sorrow at the suffering of the many innocent people.
As the pain of others diminishes our joys, let us once more diminish the ceremonial drink of our festival as we together recite the names of these modern plagues:
Pollution of the Earth
Indifference to Suffering
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