It is strange to be celebrating Passover and liberation from bondage when so many of us are stuck in our homes due to a plague. As I saw on Facebook recently:
Jewish Irony: Passover Cancelled Due to PLAGUE
But let’s also remember that on the night of the first Passover, all the Israelites were stuck in their houses as well. So like our ancestors, we are staying in our homes to retell the story of our going from slavery to freedom and to remind ourselves that in this time when we are all focused so much on the epidemic, the issues of freedom haven’t gone away – they have grown. Around the world, people are still in bondage and slavery, and the issues of poverty, food insecurity, refugees and climate change now have the added threat of Covid-19. It will be hard not to be with our friends and family around the Seder table, but now more than ever, we need to remind ourselves of the values – and challenges – of freedom, and our responsibility as Jews to make sure freedom rings out over the voices of those who call for a Pharoah to save us. We call to God, and the divine spark within each of us that knows that freedom is the oxygen the spirit needs to breathe, and that all of us made in the image of the Divine deserve to be free.
Passover Song Links
Songs we often sing at Seder
- Rabbi Edleson’s 2019 Haggadah for Temple Sinai
- NEW UNION HAGGADAH – an online flip-book of the classic Reform Haggadah
- UJA-FEDERATION “Simple Seder” with explanations. A to-the-point, no frills online Haggadah
- A CHOCOLATE SEDER HAGGADAH – A seder for chocolate-lovers by ReformJudaism.org. Fun visuals and a very different take on Passover.
- UNION FOR REFORM JUDAISM PASSOVER SEDER FOR YOUNG CHILDREN – Tips and a link to the PDF of a short Haggadah.
- SHARING THE JOURNEY HAGGADAH – an online flip-book of this lovely Reform Haggadah.
- INVISIBLE: A SOCIAL JUSTICE HAGGADAH – from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. And excellent Tikkun Olam focused Haggadah.
- AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE PASSOVER RESOURCES: This site has haggadot and readings focused on issues of social justice and helping those most vulnerable. A meaningful way to reflect on today’s greatest sources of oppression through the Seder.
- MAH NISHTANAH – AN LGBTQ AND ALLY HAGGADAH – Keshet. A queer-focused Haggadah from the Jewish LGBTQ Advocacy organization.
- SAY/DER – from Lab/Shul A super-simplified Seder, boiled down to four discussion questions, and four rituals actions, no Hebrew.
- AN INCREDIBLY SHORT SEDER – not pretty, but three to-the-point pages for the impatient to eat.
- Make YOUR OWN HAGGADAH
My dear friend Dr. Hadar Ma’ayan made a “COVID-19 Homebound Bingo” for her teenagers stuck at home, and that inspired me to create this Jewish Self-Care Bingo for this time of social distancing. Every time you get a bingo, give yourself a reward. I hope we will see many of you at our ZOOM services tonight and tomorrow. It takes a little getting used to, but we are getting the hang of it, and Friday night’s service will include a variety of community members offering music and readings. It would be great to have you join us.