It has been a tradition in my family to have friends over for our annual Passover Seder. Both friends and family are invited to remember a long-ago time when tyrants ruled over our ancestors and we sought freedom and redemption.
For the Christian faith, the Passover Seder is a special event as well, commemorating the Last Supper that DaVinci captured in the now famous painting. Like so many other gatherings on Holidays, these meals are special events and are not to be missed.
Going through the brief service this year, (our family is partial to “A Passover Haggadah”, the New Union Haggadah, edited by Herbert Bronstein and published in 1982), I came across a very interesting passage that I thought I would share with all of you. Sometimes we read things that catch our eyes and have a new meaning where meaning was not present previously.
In the section on the “Ten Plagues” that precedes the release of the Jews from Pharaoh’s oppression and Moses’ parting of the Red Sea, we like to take a drop of wine from our glass so that with each plague our own pleasure is diminished,
The service continues:
Each drop of wine we pour is hope and prayer that people will cast out the plagues that threaten everyone everywhere they are found, beginning in our own hearts:
The making of war, the teaching of hate and violence, despoliation of the earth, perversion of justice and of government, fomenting of vice and crime, neglect of human needs, oppression of nations and peoples, corruption of culture, subjugation of science, learning, and human discourse, the erosion of freedoms.
I read the modern list of plagues and wondered if the writer had envisioned an America that could possibly be responsible for so many of these.
Maybe it was just me, but it sure seemed to echo what was going on in our own nation in 2007.