April 16, 2019 1 Comment
Each Passover Seder is a unique experience, weaving together generations of family traditions with new concepts and rituals. We curate the food we eat, the stories we tell, and the items on our Seder plate into an experience that reflects our present day selves. For this Passover season, Kolbo is excited to present a series of four themed Seder Guides to help you create a Seder with perhaps new, meaningful and interesting twists. We encourage you to use these guides to help make your own Seder reflective of that which is important to you and those around your table. This week, we are proud to present a Guide for a Social Justice Seder.
“You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exod. 23:9)
The phrase “social justice” tends to awaken strong feelings in people because it evokes core beliefs, values and experiences. Justice, and the search for it, has always been inherently political; it's a struggle between the “haves and the have-nots,” and a conversation about where power lies and why. The commitment to social justice has been and continues to be a foundation of Judaism through tikkun olam, repairing the world, and never is that commitment more prominent than during Passover, when we tell the story of our own liberation from the bonds of slavery.
The Passover Seder is an amazing opportunity to breathe fresh life into the teachings of the past, and to use them to become more present, engaged, and invested in the world around us. Here are some ways to help orient your Seder toward justice and growth:
Passover is a radical holiday by nature—we come together to center and celebrate liberation, and in doing so, we realize that liberation is not a static event. It is a continuous process that bends, shifts, and changes as the world around us does. The freedoms that we do, or do not, possess make up so much of who we are as human beings and our actions toward others, making it all the more important to pause and reflect on them. We are all responsible, and that needn’t feel like a chore. What a delight it is to live in a world so lovingly made for us, and to have the opportunity to return that love by fostering connection, understanding, respect, and freedom. It is on us to remember the radical roots of our histories, to work from and toward them, and to ask ourselves: if not now, when?
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