THE FIRST CUP OF WINE Shifra and Puah
Reader recites aloud while all pour the first cup.
Shifra and Puah were the midwives who refused Pharaoh’s orders to kill
any boys born to an Israelite family. When confronted by Pharaoh, they
lied and claimed that they simply couldn’t get there before the babies were
born. These midwives risked their own lives to help save the Israelites from
destruction and genocide. They practiced civil disobedience from their
unique position of influence and refused to “just follow orders” when those
orders were unjust. We honor their resistance.
Let us all say their names together: Shifra and Puah.
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