A Social Justice Seder

Passover is a liberation holiday. For up to eight days, Jews from around the world, observe the story of the Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Intrinsic to the holiday is remembrance and reflection. How might Jews see their connection to the liberation and social justice struggles of the present moment?

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma-to-Montgomery marches, Bend the Arc produced How We Talk About Liberation: 50 Years After Selma, a collection of reflections from Civil Rights movement and #BlackLivesMatter movement leaders. The guide uses the powerful image of Rev. Martin Luther and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel locked in arms at the March 21st Selma March as its trajectory; contributors such as David Goodman, Dr. Clarence B. Jones and Susannah Heschel discuss the legacy of the image and the social justice work that remains. The intent of the guide is to spark social justice conversations among Jewish families observing Seder this evening. “Passover is not only a time to remember our ancestors’ struggle for freedom but also a calling to stand shoulder to shoulder with others in their struggles,” said David Goodman in his reflection. Download the guide to read David’s full commentary and other inspiring contributions.

Happy Passover. May we continue to step forward for freedom.