As we continue our journey from oppression to liberation, as we develop our spirit of rebirth and redemption, we may ask ourselves questions along the way. As survivors of affliction and those who wish to provide support and sustenance, we join our voices together in unity and proclaim:
Now we affirm the right to our own questions.
Now we affirm the right to our own answers.
Now we affirm the right not to know the answers.
Now we affirm the right not to have known the answers.
Now we affirm the right to ask new questions and find new answers.
Let the intelligence, joy and spirit of every woman in this room join together to guide us as we continue our search. May we believe in our answers. May we have faith in our resolutions. May we honor our truths.
Excerpted from A Journey Towards Freedom: A Lit. "Telling.” The haggadah is the book used at the seder table on Passover to tell the story of the Exodus, the central commandment of the holiday. It is rich in song, prayer, and legend. There are many different version of the Haggadah produced throughout Jewish history. for Women Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence, published by FaithTrust Institute, Copyright 2003, FaithTrust Institute. Used with permission. To purchase copies of the Haggadah, call 877-860-2255 or see www.faithtrustinstitute.org