B) A Cup to Action:
As we come together this year the world can seem grim, and at times we
are very tired and lose hope of any change occurring, especially with the
pace and level of destruction the US government is perpetrating. What we
drink to tonight is our community fomenting change together, around this
table and around the world. We all are engaged in struggle, personally, in
this country, and internationally. This year, we drink to the people around
the world who have taken the streets, the buildings, the cities in protest of
unjust, racist and classist wars. Tonight we come together to recount the
stories from the past, share stories of present struggles, and envision
together the future we will build with our allies.
Share stories of active resistance in which you have participated or that
have inspired you over the past year.

All say the Blessing over the Wine:
(Ashkenazi pronunciation, masc.)
Baruch atah Adonai, eloheinu Melech ha’olam boreh p’ri ha-gafen.
(Ashkenazi pronunciation, fem.)
Brucha Yah Shechinah, eloheinu Malkat ha’olam, borayt p’ri hagafen.
Blessed is the Source that fills all creation and brings forth the
fruit of the vine.
More blessing over the wine…
(Ashkenazi pronunciation, masc.)
Baruch atah Adonai, eloheynu melech ha’olam asher bachar banu mee-kol
ahm v’roma-manu meekal lashon v’kid-d’shanu b’mitzvotav, vateeten lanu
Adonai Eloheynu b’ah-havah (on Shabbat: shabatot lim-nuchah) u-mo-adim
l’simchah chageem uz’ma-neem l’sason, et yom (Shabbat: Hashabbat
Hazeh v’et yom) chag hamatzot hazeh, z’man cherutaynu (shabat: B’ahhavah)
mikrah kodesh zecher liytzeeyat mitzrayim. Keevanu vachartah
v’otanu kidashtah mikal ha-amim (Shabbat: v’shabat) umo-aday kad’shchah
(Shabbat: b’ahavah uv-ratzon) b’simchah uv-sason hinchaltanu.
Baruch atah Adonai, m’kadesh (Shabbat: ha’shabbat v’) yisrael v’hazmanim.

In Sephardi homes, white wine is often used because of the blood libels
which accused Jews of using the blood of murdered Christian children to
make matzah and wine. The blood libel was often used as an excuse for
violence against Jewish communities around the time of Pesach.
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haggadah Section: Maggid - Beginning