The Women of Passover

Haggadah Section: Yachatz

Before page 9, fill Miriam's cup and read:

We are about to read the 4 questions and then begin the re-telling of the story of our exodus from Egypt. Let's pause for a moment to consider the unsung heroes of the Passover story. Listen for them as we recall our time in Egypt and how we came to be free. Rarely will you hear these women mentioned by name but we all know that without them, we may not be sitting here as free people enjoying our Seder.

Shifra and Puah were the two midwives and respected members of their community. Despite the risk of punishment, they defied the Pharaoh's orders and continued to deliver baby boys for Jewish women in Egypt.

Yocheved went into labor early but was able to keep Moses' birth a secret from the Egyptians. She then made the ultimate mother's sacrifice by sending him down the river--her only hope in saving him from otherwise certain death. 

Batya was the Pharaoh's daughter who found Moses in the reeds of the Nile and decided to raise him as her own, knowingly going against her father's decree to kill all male Jewish babies. We are indebted to her for her defiance and bravery.

Miriam is one who ensured Moses was safe during his journey down the Nile River. She brought Yocheved as a nursemaid to Batya, ensuring that mother and son were never far apart. Miriam is most notably recalled for her strength and song when the Jews finally leave Egypt. 

All of the women read together: This is the Cup of Miriam, to symbolize the water which gave new life to Israel as we struggled with ourselves in the wilderness. Blessed are You who sustains us with endless possibilities, and enables us to reach a new place.

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