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A Passover Seder Reading from our Rabbinic Cabinet

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March 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

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Tonight we celebrate the festival of Passover with Jews across America, in Israel and around the world.

In the best and worst of times in Jewish history, the Seder has provided a sense of family, purpose, peoplehood and hope.

Tonight we eat matzah and maror to remember that slavery still persists in our world. We eat karpas to rejoice in the rebirth of our people. We enjoy haroset to savor the sweetness of Jewish life in our time.

We proclaim, “let all who are hungry, come and eat” to remember our obligation to “do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.” In that spirit, we pledge our devotion to tikkun olam (the repair of our world through good deeds), to the principle of freedom for all peoples, and to the obliteration of poverty, and hunger throughout the world.

As we relive the Exodus from Egypt at our Seder table, we pledge our commitment to our beloved State of Israel, the national expression of Jewish peoplehood. We pray that our brothers and sisters who live there will continue to build a just society based on the precious values enshrined in our Hagaddah,
even as it defends itself against every modern-day Pharaoh who would rise to do it harm.

“May this Passover inspire us to renew our commitment to the Torah of Jewish values and learning and to dignity, harmony, and peace for all humankind.”

Amen


The Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America
Cabinet Chair: Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt
Vice Chair: Rabbi Rabbi Les Bronstein
Vice Chair: Rabbi Frederick Klein
Vice Chair: Rabbi Larry Kotok
The Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America
Vice Chair: Rabbi Steve Lindemann
President: Rabbi Steven E. Foster
Honorary Chair: Rabbi Matthew H. Simon
Director of the Rabbinic Cabinet: Rabbi Gerald Weider



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