Make Those Waters Part

Let us retell the story of our struggle for the promised land
Let us remember how freedom is won so our children will understand
Once we were slaves in Egypt, our people and our land were apart
But when Moses stood before that troubled sea, he could
Make those waters part

Once we were slaves in America,
we were given white men’s names
They scattered our families,
they shattered our lives,
while they kept us bound in chains.
Then we marched strong in Selma,
we looked the racists right in the heart,
And when Martin stood before that troubled sea,
he could make those waters part.

Somewhere tonight lives a free man
Somewhere else freedom’s just a song of the heart,
We must find the river flowing between them,
And we must make those waters part.

Now we are slaves in our own time
The many at the hands of the few,
And we who’ve crossed the sea of slavery before,
Must remember what we must do:
In the name of the falsely imprisoned,
In the name of all the homeless at heart,
In the name of all the history that binds us,
We must make those waters part.

Troubled seas rising around us
Sometimes the promised land seems hidden from view
So we retell these stories, that’s how we start –
To make those waters part.
- Doug Mishkin

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haggadah Section: Commentary / Readings
Source: The Story of Modern Day Slavery Haggadah