Passover Kavannah (Intention), 5784

a red poppy flower in a field of baby's breath

The Passover seder includes two powerful rituals of grief: dipping a leafy green into salt water and removing ten drops of wine from our cups. With salt water we stop to imagine the tears of our enslaved ancestors. With red drops of wine we stop to have empathy for the sufferings of our enemies. This Passover we gather even as our fellow Jews remain unfree, held hostage in perilous conditions. This Passover we gather even as Gazan civilians mourn their dead and fear daily for their safety. May we be granted the opportunity to hold the teachings of Pesakh and the dissonances of the present moment in ways that help us become people of greater heart and hope, seeking liberation and safety for all.

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