April 17, 2008

Pesach Traditions

My favorite Pesach (Passover) tradition is one that is relatively new to the past few years and involves getting together with a particular group of family-like friends who I don't get to see every day. It is pretty fabulous.

My other favorite tradition is trying cooking some new unleavened foods this year.

Do you have any particular ways you celebrate passover in a radical, progressive, feminist, queer, environmental, peace-loving, or other change-creating, social justice, or anti-oppression tradition? (e.g. I've always put an orange on the seder plate - see this story or wikipedia for more info about that one).

Share your pesach traditions or plans for this year. And share some of your favorite things to cook. Yum!


Jess said...

I just posted about feminist passover rituals: here

I haven't got any ideas to add, unfortunately, because I haven't celebrated passover since I was about 12, but good idea!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

Thanks for the link. I guess I should have contextualized but I do think that part of what makes pesach so special from an anti-oppression framework is that the holiday is actually about fostering a communityt hat is being oppressed and working together to end that oppression (and not to allow bad parts of history repeat).

Anyhow, thanks for sharing your insight.


(cross-posted to your blog)

maudite entendante said...

Well, I think the last Seder I attended was in second grade, though I may have forgotten a few since then. So this year's going to be fun - I just RSVP'd yes to the following invitation:

SUBJ: Lo, this is the bread of affliction...

may all give according to their ability to the hungry so they may eat, and eat according to their needs.

You are cordially invited to a seder at my apartment for [date and time]. Why is this seder different from all other seders?

We'll be using the RED HAGGADAH. This historical document is a Socialist, secular, Yiddish Haggadah used in the Soviet Union. It's strong and fascinating stuff. We'll be using an English translation but we may even throw in some of the traditional parts of the Seder (such as the four questions) in Yiddish. And we'll have Yiddishists around to help contextualize. It will be a fascinating and engaging night for all.

[logistics snipped]

In keeping with the themes of helping the people and persons forced to leave quickly with no time to prepare for the departure, there will be a collection for NOLA to help with the New Orleans recovery effort.

Now I'm trying to find a good charoset recipe other than the Ashkenazi apples-and-walnuts one that someone else is likely to bring. ;)

maudite entendante said...

Incidentally, whether it's true or not, I find the "women belong on the bimah like oranges belong on the Seder plate" story much more interesting (and, um, empowering) than the "I just had an idea to plop an orange on the plate 'cause I thought an orange would be cool" story.

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Anonymous said...

Im a nonjewish girl celebrating my first passover with my girlfriend this year and staying kosher to boot. Any tips will be great! Im eager to learn all i can