Every year we do come a little bit closer to the end-times, the moment when the Elohim thinks it is right to bring world-peace forever and have the Messiah rule on earth from Jerusalem. As long as we are not yet there, we all can try to come closer together and share the common love in the image of the Maker.
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A chance to experience the Passover rituals
Passover story and the various and sundry customs of the holiday.
Passover story works perfectly with this ultimate hope and dream = most particular of our narratives, recalling the moment when God took us from slavery to freedom.
The Haggadah text reminds us:
on the night of Passover each person is obligated to see him or herself as if he or she had actually been a slave and personally redeemed by God.
It is the most universalistic of our stories. > doesn’t every person yearn to be free? Isn’t freedom the most fundamental human right? And doesn’t each person – regardless of faith, color, country, gender – deserve to be free, treated with dignity and respect, and seen as a creature created in the image of God?
Last night I had the privilege of conducting a ‘learning’ seder at St. Timothy’s School, a 182 year old local prep-boarding school for girls. We’ve been doing this pre-Passover seder for many years now. It gives the girls, many of whom are not Jewish, a chance to experience the Passover rituals. Each table has a seder plate, complete with bitter herbs, haroset, a roasted bone (OK, they use a chicken wing bone!), an egg, and matzah. We go through the ’30 minute Haggadah’ in about 20 minutes, and then the school serves the girls a fairly traditional Passover dinner, to included brisket and matzah stuffing. The school does a fabulous job of promoting religious pluralism, and there is a genuine respect for different faith traditions and perspectives.
This was clearly evident just from the table I was sitting at. I shared my meal with a Christian girl from Nebraska, a…
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