RESOURCES & FOOTNOTES:
i Adapted from the Camp Kinderland 2003 Hagaddah.
ii “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963.
iii From Velveteen Rabbi’s “Hagaddah for Pesach,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, 2001.
iv Exodus 6:6-7
v Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group, 2006.
vi Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group, 2011.
In the words of the Ramban (Rabbi Moshe Ben Nachman, 1194-1270), “Since God will
not perform this sign or miracle in every generation to refute the evil sinner or rebel, we
are commanded to make a continuous remembrance and sign to that which our eyes
have seen, and to impart it to our children and children's children... to the last
From the order of the service, to the...
At this point in the Seder, “we give thanks,” offering songs and words of joy at our
liberation. Even as we remember how much work there is to do, we celebrate the
accomplishments of the past year.
פִּ תְחוּ לִי שַׁעֲרֵי צֶדֶק, אָבאֹ בָם
Open for me the gates of righteousness, and I will enter therein.
(Psalms 118:19, included in the...
The charoset reminds us of the mortar and of the pain of slavery. However, as we eat it
we taste it’s sweetness. This sweetness gives us hope that the future will bring
redemption and justice to all people.
We make sandwiches out of maror and charoset, to remind us of the mortar our
ancestors used to construct huge monuments for Pharaoh in Egypt.
As you we eat this...
We take a piece of the bitter herb from the Seder plate and
prepare to eat it.
This is a reminder of the bitterness of slavery. As we eat the
maror, let us remember the bitterness that many immigrants still
We say together:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ...
On the one hand, the matzah reminds us of our slavery in Egypt. For this reason, matzah is called “lechem oni” “the bread of our affliction.” At the same time, the matzah reminds us of our liberation, for it was only at the moment of escape from slavery that our ancestors baked matzah to bring with them on their journey.
In symbolizing both oppression and liberation, the matzah reminds us to celebrate...
In Jewish practice, it is customary to perform a ritual washing of one’s hands before
consuming a meal that includes bread or matzah. We wash away the dirt of prejudices
and negative stereotypes of "other people" which cause so much hurt and pain in
After we wash our hands, we recite the blessing:
בָּ רוּךְ אַתָּה יי...
The Seder story tells of four types of young people or four ways that young people respond to the story of our struggle for freedom and unity.
One response reflects wisdom, expressing a real concern and interest. This interest inspires us to tell our stories, fully and openly.
Another response is to be rejecting and disrespectful, to say, "What does this have to do with me?" This disrespect provokes us to...
Reader: In the Seder, it is traditional that the youngest child who is able to ask recites the four questions. While we include the youngest to engage them, they also engage us. The “whys” of the innocent compel us to answer truthfully, not only about past injustices but about the inhumanity and inequity in our own world as well.
During Maggid every year, we retell and teach to our children the story...
Source: The Freedom Haggadah (Jewish Council on Urban Affairs & Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Congregation)
Passover celebrates the redemption of the Jews from enslavement in Egypt. This
traditional story of defiance against brutality and slavery has inspired countless men and
women to achieve freedom in our own times.
As the haggadah says, “B'khol dor v’dor chayav adam lirot et...
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