The Sunflower on Our Seder Table: For Ukraine

Haggadah Section: Introduction

Pesach, Matzah, and Marror

We know what those symbols are for:

Remember the sacrifice,

Hold sacred the flight,

Taste the bitterness without any delight.

Each year at our seder on the table we add,

Items, in addition to those used traditionally.

We do this to encourage ourselves to ask and seek,

“What makes this night different?”

and “What is our task?”

We hope the sunflower will spark such a query,

So we can explain to all the weary,

So that we reflect on ourselves and around us.

That our sisters and brothers, both Jewish and other,

Want to live freely in peace with each other.

So why the sunflower this year on our table?

To hope for those who might not be able,

To celebrate Pesach this year as free Jews.

To remember all those people, who cannot, 

Through acts of tyranny, celebrate life as free people.

When all they want is the basic freedom,

To live in Ukraine however they choose.

We hope in this symbol that we will learn

That’s it’s peace we all want, it’s freedom we yearn.

On this seder night we hope and we act,

That the world will bring peace to Ukraine today.

So tonight as this sunflower graces our table,

Let us pledge to raise funds, to send food if we’re able.

So the freedom we celebrate and the story we hear,

Will inspire us to help others make this a better year.

לְשָׁנָה הַבָּאָה יִהְיֶה שָׁלוֹם

For next year, 

Let there be peace.

Based on writing by Rabbi Ilana C. Garber - with some changed by Abby Stein
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Table of contents
  • Prayer for Ukraine
  • 2022 Ukraine Refugee Crisis
  • "Седер на Песах". авторка Зоя Черкаська-Ннаді
  • The Sunflower on Our Seder Table: For Ukraine
  • Nigun | Ukraine | Jewish folk tune
    • Commentary / Readings
  • Winter is Over: Ukrainian Schoolchild's Poem, 1920, NLI
  • Poem by a Ukrainian Schoolchild, 1920, NLI
  • A Prayer for Peace and the people of Ukraine
  • An Extraordinary Word for Good
    • Yachatz
  • From Amidst Brokenness
    • Maggid - Beginning
  • Sunflower Seeds on My Seder Plate
  • JDC Ukraine
  • Prayer for the People of Ukraine
    • -- Four Questions
  • Four Questions in Ukrainian
    • -- Four Children
  • "Четверо дітей". Авторка Зоя Черкаська-Ннаді
    • -- Exodus Story
  • Never Again? This Passover Share Thoughts on the War in Ukraine
  • Take Only What Is Most Important
    • -- Cup #2 & Dayenu
  • Home by Warsan Shire
    • Shulchan Oreich
  • Sunflowers On Your Table
    • Bareich
  • Kavannah for Opening the Door for Elijah
    • Hallel
  • Sunflowers
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