The New York Times published an op-ed by Shmuel Rosner, advising people, "Keep Your Politics Out of Passover." ( He observed, "A Passover Seder during which you spend time criticizing the Trump administration’s immigration policies or regretting the evacuation of Israeli settlements from Gaza is not a 'relevant' Seder, it is a mediocre and redundant one."

This is ahistorical nonsense. Passover starts with the idea that we "were strangers in Egypt," leading to our obligation to "welcome the stranger." Passover culminates in the story of slaves being liberated from tyranny--an inherently political event.

And as every haggadah says, we must teach the story to our children, and we must each view ourselves as having been personally liberated. This is because liberation is not a one-time event. It is ongoing and changing. It is something to work for in every generation.

The connection between Jews and Social Justice is inspired by the annual retelling of the story of Passover. So feel free to bring your politics to the seder tonight.

haggadah Section: Introduction