Passover, reading the Haggadah
Wednesday, April 5th, is the first night of Passover. Each Passover for the last 27 years, my family and guests celebrate and read the Haggadah* I wrote and continue to edit, The New America Haggadah. One paragraph in this living publication is:
“And on this night in this year, we recognize the human condition that surrounds us. At a time when autocrats are ruling major countries, when we are captives in a violent world where terrorism is enacted in schools, places of worship, grocery stores and night clubs, where conspiracy has been mingled with fact and where divisions seem to be widening let’s take a moment to consider how to live our lives. Can we rise above the differences that evoke hatred and prejudice? Can we commit to civility? Can we find truth? Can we talk with each other with a purpose of repairing the world?”
* The literal meaning of Haggadah is “what is said.” It came from the word V’Higgad-Ta (Exodus 13:8) “and thou shalt show thy son in that day.” In traditional use, a Haggadah is read aloud during the first night of the holiday, at the festival meal called a “Seder” – Seder being the Hebrew word for order of events.
……………….Alby Segall, executive director of Denver Press Club 3/23
You can find multiple web pages describing what Passover is, and how to celebrate it.