Happy Feminist Passover

This Passover my family is adding the Miram’s Cup and Four Daughters traditions to our Haggadah, for a second year in a row. Sadly I cannot invite you all to our Seder table as much as I would love to,  so I am passing this on to you.

This was my favorite part of my Seder last year. I want to thank my Aunt Pnina and Cousin Rachel for finding and including us in this beautiful new tradition. If you are hosting a Seder or attending please consider including the Miriam’s cup tradition in your service, as well as the Four Daughters.

As you know Judaism like many of the major religions developed within a patriarchal society, and the Bible was written without much inclusion of the roles women. This Passover let’s give praise to Miriam, Moses’s older sister and prophetess in her own right.  According to tradition, she prophesied before Moses’s birth that her parents would give birth to the child who would bring about their people’s redemption. Miriam is a symbol of inspiration to young women today.Her instinctive nature  ensured Moses’s safe journey in the reeds of the Nile. She was able to trick the aristocracy of Egypt into returning baby Moses to his home and into the care of his real mother who acted as nursemaid instead. Securing her brother from being killed as the Pharaoh ordered. Miriam had faith when others did not. Rather than being frightened, Miriam was certain of victory. So much so that she even brought her musical instruments so she could celebrate. In the Passover story, Miriam led the women in praiseful song and dance, after the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. The story of Exodus would not be if not for the courage that so engrained  in young girls like her. Girls have the propensity toward boldness. They are fearless, clever, and excited. Let us celebrate the women who’s stories often go untold.

It is said that “Moses chanted a song for the men and Miriam chanted a song for the women.”

“Miriam’s Cup can be added to the Passover dinner table filled with water to symbolize the miracle of Miriam’s well, which sustained the Israelites during their long journey in the desert. This honors the role of Miriam in the Exodus, her importance as Moses’s sister and a Prophetess in her own right in the Exodus, and highlights the past and present contributions of women to Jewish culture.”

“Let’s think how compassion informs wisdom and that vulnerability is our greatest strength, and that emotions have inherent logic, which lead to radical, appropriate, saving action. And then let’s remember that we’ve been taught the exact opposite by the powers that be “-Eve Ensler

[Miriam’s Cup ][The Four Daughters]


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