“It’s Time for All-Out Freedom” A Passover Guest Post by Maya Schenwar

Remarks delivered by Maya Schenwar (editor of Truthout and author of “Locked Down, Locked Out” and the upcoming “Prison by Any Other Name”) at the Tzedek Chicago Passover Seder, April 14, 2020.  A few months ago, which feels like a few centuries ago, Brant and I discussed the idea of me saying something at this seder […]

Seder Readings for Passover 5780

I’ve just finished “Fight for the Health of Your Community” – a new collection of Passover seder readings I wrote for members of my congregation. I’m happy to share them with the wider world as well – and sincerely hope you’ll find them helpful if you are holding/attending a seder this year. It goes without […]

Confessions of a Wicked Child: A Passover Reflection by Jay Stanton

Here are the remarks that Jay Stanton offered at Tzedek Chicago’s Passover seder last night. Jay was formerly Tzedek’s rabbinical intern – and I’m delighted to announce we’ve just hired him to be part of our staff for the coming year: In a traditional seder, four children are described: a wise child, who likes learning […]

Celebrate Passover with Solidarity

This is the message I sent to congregants of Tzedek Chicago for my weekly email message today: Dear Haverim, As I write these words, there are reports that three Palestinian nonviolent protestors have been killed and scores more injured in the second week of protests at the Gaza border. By some perverse serendipity, both last week and […]

A Seder Supplement for Passover 5778: “The 10 Sacred Acts of Liberation”

Here’s the introduction to my new Passover seder supplement, designed to be used alongside or instead of the 10 Plagues section. Click here for the entire text to print out and read at your seder table this year. (Click here, here, here and here for supplements I’ve written in previous years.) In the traditional seder, […]

All Pharaoh’s Must Fall: A Passover Reflection on Sean Spicer

(Crossposted with Truthout) White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has suggested that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is worse than Hitler, because, “Even Hitler didn’t sink to using chemical weapons.” He later added the “clarification” that “[Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.” There are so many things […]

The Cry of the Canaanites: A New Passover Seder Supplement

  Here is the introduction to my new Passover seder supplement, “The Cry of the Canaanites.” Click here for the entire text to print out and read at your seder table this year. (Click here, here and here for supplements I’ve written in previous years): After singing Dayenu, we say: Our telling of the Exodus story is not […]

On Passover, Israel and Demographic Threats

Crossposted with Truthout The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, […]