Freedom gives us the power to choose how to live our lives,
which foods to eat,
which clothes to wear,
which schools to attend,
which friends to make.
Thousands of years ago, the Jewish people didn't know that joyous feeling we call freedom. They were slaves in Egypt crying out to be free.
Imagine a narrow prison cell, so tiny that our stretched out arms touch the sides, and...
no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.
you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well.
no one would leave home unless home chased you, fire under feet, hot blood in your belly.
it's not something you ever thought about doing, and so when you did - you carried the anthem under your breath, waiting until the airport toilet to tear up the passport and swallow,...
Your daughter is ugly.
She knows loss intimately,
carries whole cities in her belly.
As a child, relatives wouldn’t hold her.
She was splintered wood and sea water.
They said she reminded them of the war.
On her fifteenth birthday you taught her
how to tie her hair like rope
and smoke it over burning frankincense.
You made her gargle...
Postscript—to those of you who are wondering if Marcos is homosexual, Marcos is a gay person in San Francisco, a black person in south Africa, an Asian person in Europe, a Chicano in San Isidro, an anarchist in Spain, an indigenous person in the streets of San Cristobal, a gang member in Neza, a rocker in the Former Soviet Union, a Jew in Germany, an ombudsman in Sedena, a feminist in a political party, a...
It is traditional to fill a cup with wine for the Prophet Elijah. Now let fill Elijah’s cup and open our door to him, to symbolize our freedom of worship and hope that he will enter and bring with him the coming of a more perfect world of justice and joy for all mankind. Will you please open the door?
Leader: Let us retell our story now as we have learned it from biblical history.
Reader: We lived in Egypt and the Pharaoh was gracious to us.
Reader: But after some years a new Pharaoh arose who bound us into slavery and laid hard labor on us.
Reader: The Pharaoh was afraid that we might multiply and rise up against him so he ordered that every newborn son of ours be cast into the...
In recounting our story, let us consider that we tell it to four children, one wise, one simple, one wicked and one innocent.
The wise child asks: How can I learn more about our people? To that child you shall direct our wealth of literature so that they may seek out this knowledge for themself.
The simple child asks: What is this all about? To that child you shall say simply , because we had faith we...
While holding up the three pieces matzo:
This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in Egypt. Let all who are hungry come in and eat, let all who are need come and share this food.
The middle piece is broken and wrapped:
This is the Afikomen which is the Greek word for dessert. Because the taste of matzo should remain with us at the end of the meal, I am hiding it and whomever finds...
To everything there is a season and a time. Today is a time for many feelings. Today we weep as we recount the suffering of our ancestors and we laugh at their deliverance. We mourn the innocent victims of cruelty and persecution, but our hears dance with price in their valiant struggle for liberty. Today we tell again the story of the Exodus from Egypt, but we are silent with wonder at the events. Today is a time...
All: We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings. We are fighting for the right to live as free human beings in this society. In fact we are fighting for rights that are even greater than civil rights and that is human rights.
Come, let us gather as one, bound together by love and the shared hope that all Jews, and all people, will one day live free and in peace. Together, let us recall the story of Passover, relived time and again by Jews throughout the world. As we move through the Seder, reafﬁrming our belief in a faith so rich in history and life, may we take into our hearts the memory of all who have and continue to enrich our lives...
This new custom celebrates Miriam’s role in the deliverance from slavery and her help throughout the wandering in the wilderness. An empty cup is placed alongside Elijah’s cup. Each attendee at the Seder then pours a bit of his/her water into the cup, symbolizing Miriam’s life-giving well that followed the wandering Israelites. With this new custom, we recognize that women are equally integral to the...
My Favorite Things
[Sung to the tune of "These are a few of my favorite things"]
Cleaning and cooking and so many dishes
Out with the hametz, no pasta, no knishes
Fish that's gefilted, horseradish that stings
These are a few of our Passover things.
Matzoh and karpas and chopped up haroset
Shankbones and Kiddish and Yiddish neuroses
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons...
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