As we rejoice at our deliverance from slavery, we acknowledge that our freedom came at the cost of the Egyptians’ suffering, for we are all human beings made in the image of God.
This year, the term plague hits close to home as we attempt to celebrate amidst an active, festering pandemic.
In all other years, we recite each plague as we dip a finger into our wine glasses and pour out a drop. This year, let us pour our drops of wine for those who have been risking their lives at this very moment so that we can be here. We were indeed freed from an evil "Pharaoh" in Washington, but at much sacrifice and cost.
For the doctors, nurses, volunteers and healthcare workers.
For the epidemiologists, biochemists, lab technicians and pharmacists.
For the deliver drivers, grocery store workers, restaurants, service workers and all those carrying out essential jobs.
For those who spoke up, even when they weren’t heard.
For those whose voices were silenced.
For those chastised or attacked for who they are.
For the people who lost their jobs.
For the people who lost their shelter.
For the people who lost their loved ones.
For the people who lost their lives.
Blood | dam | דָּם
Frogs | tzfardeiya | צְפַרְדֵּֽעַ
Lice | kinim | כִּנִּים
Beasts | arov | עָרוֹב
Cattle disease | dever | דֶּֽבֶר
Boils | sh’chin | שְׁחִין
Hail | barad | בָּרָד
Locusts | arbeh | אַרְבֶּה
Darkness | choshech | חֹֽשֶׁךְ
Death of the Firstborn | makat b’chorot | מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת
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