What can we do as women to acknowledge each other in the continuous struggle to meet our own expectations and those imposed upon us?
How can we as women develop and maintain a sense of spirituality within this context of change?
How do we heal the fragmentation in ourselves as well as our community? How do we integrate our diversity and become whole?
Why do we seek to develop new rituals? How do we celebrate these new rituals without betraying our cherished traditions, our past or our future?
From the Na’amat Women’s Passover is a major Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jewish people's liberation from slavery and Exodus from Egypt. Its Hebrew name is Pesakh. Its name derives from the tenth plague, in which God "passed over" the homes of the Jewish firstborn, slaying only the Egyptian firstborn. Passover is celebrated for a week, and many diaspora Jews celebrate for eight days. The holiday begins at home at a seder meal and ritual the first (and sometimes second) night. Jews tell the story of the Exodus using a text called the haggadah, and eat specific food (matzah, maror, haroset, etc). 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., Montreal, 1999. Used with permission of Paula Weitzman.