Friday, April 2, 2010

Labor Seder Excitement (Rivka's personal blog)

This month has been quite a whirlwind - in partnership with AJWS and the DC Cornell Jewish alumni group we hosted a global hunger shabbat and the last couple weeks have been totally dominated by Passover prep and celebrations...

As it turns out, the next week will also be dominated by Passover activities. I'm helping to write the haggadah for the DC Labor Seder (our house is also sponsoring the Seder), will be on April 11th. Advantages to having a seder post-Pesach - you can eat chametz! Disadvantages - some people have lost the Pesach spirit. But I'm hoping that won't be the case at this year's Labor Seder, because we'll be focusing on an incredibly important topic - the social safety net. It's been really interesting to rewrite a the Passover haggadah with an eye towards the safety net. Turns out it's not much of a stretch. At this year's Labor Seder, instead of thinking about the 4 children we'll think about 4 different relationships to and perspectives on the safety net. Instead of saying dayeinu we will say lo dayeinu, because it won't be enough until we commit to caring for all human beings who need a hand. We will think about the ten plagues that can be alleviated and solved by the presence of a strong safety net.

And we'll get to eat cookies while doing it! What could be better?

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