My followers will know that I am Jewish. Each year, my husband and I go to my sister’s house for Passover, and there are often over 12 people there. The “regular” Haggadah my sister normally uses dates from the early 1980s, and she thought she’d bring our Seder into the 21st Century this year. Now, my sister and her family are standard, Reform-Jewish Liberals, with all the usual proclivities. But this year, she went too far. You know you’ve got a problem when the title on the first page is
“Next Year in a Just World”.
Here is the first paragraph, under the heading “Candle Lighting”.
As we light the candles and welcome the glow of Passover into our homes, we pray that all those suffering around the world find light in the darkness. We pray that our experience tonight helps us to ignite the spark of justice within each of us.
What does that even mean? How does that have anything to do with Passover? Spark of justice??
Here are some really choice phrases found in this Internet, Liberal, Guilt-inducing, Diversity-spouting, “Haggadah”:
We praise God, Ruler of Everything…
May this first cup of wine rouse each of us to the injustice that persists in our world today.
May we recognize our own capacity to make a difference and commit ourselves to building a better world.
When we dip the Karpas into the salt water, we see the tears of all who suffer injustice, mingling with our hopes for life, rebirth and new possibilities for justice.
The matzah enables us to imagine what it was like to have only poor bread to eat, to be denied our right (emphasis mine) to live free and healthy lives.
Let all people have access to sustenance.
On most other nights, we allow the news of tragedy in distant places to pass us by. We succumb to compassion fatigue–aware that we cannot possibly respond to every injustice that arises around the world.
When spilling wine from our glasses to mourn the Egyptians‘ suffering during the ten plagues, let us pledge to aid those who suffer from modern afflictions–from HIV/AIDS to Ebola
Under the heading The Four Children:
What does the activist child ask?
The heading The Ten Plagues
They have us mourning the suffering of the Egyptians.
…let us turn our hearts toward the millions of people around the world suffering today’s plagues of hatred, prejudice, baseless violence and war… We protest the proliferation of violence…
We must fight for the rights of women, girls, and LGBT people until true equality is achieved.
At that point, even my nephew and my homosexual niece and her girlfriend were laughing so hard, no one could continue. We usually take turns reading portions of the Seder, but this year many of us said “Do I really have to read this?” And, in the end, my sister agreed that this was just a bit too much, even for them! She has already said they’re going back to the old one next year. Maybe I’ll try to find her something a little more traditional, but more up-to-date. Any suggestions from Jewish followers, or visitors to my blog, will be welcome.
This has been cross-posted on the Member Feed over at Ricochet.com.
*For those of you who might not be familiar with the acronym SJW, it means Social Justice Warrior. They are those liberal “crusaders” for Social Justice, whatever that means.