Voices

Haggadah Section: Maggid - Beginning

After reading Ha Lachma Anya – הא לחמא עניא, you can add this reading about the past and present struggles for freedom:

This year we are slaves, next year may we be free 

Let my son go free so that my descendants will honor me

Pleaded Abraham silently

Let my people go free so that they may worship me

Said God to Pharoah

Let my people go free so that they may rebuild for me

Grieving Rabbis requested of Rome

Let my people return to the land so that they can be free

Wrote Herzl to the nations who would listen

Let my people gather unto me so they can rise from the ashes

Whispered the voices of the persecuted to those who lived

Let my people fight for their home so that their children will know peace

Prayed the mothers of Israel to the sons of Ishmael

Let my people go free so that they may worship freely

Cried the voices of many to Soviet Russia

Let my people pray free in the way that they desire to speak to me

Appealed the women in tallit to the men who deny them

Let my people go free so that they may worship me

This year we are slaves, next year may we be free  

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