Tonight is the first night of Passover, when we celebrate a renewal of life and a reaffirmation of freedom for all.
For those of you with thirst for learning and a sense of humor, here’s the Executive Summary from our personal Oldak Family Haggadah.
We add an orange to our Seder plate. The story goes that Jewish feminist Susannah Heschel originally placed an orange on her Seder plate for a combination of reasons related to women’s marginality in Judaism and to express solidarity with LGBTQ Jews. According to urban legend, after Ms. Heschel lectured in Florida, an irate man rose and shouted, “A woman belongs on the bimah (pulpit) like an orange belongs on a Seder plate.” She says that never happened, and men should not try to claim her idea. One year during our Seder, I caught my son texting his buddies, “anyone else have an orange on their Seder plate?”
From our family to yours, Chag Pesach Sameach. We wish you a joyful and meaningful Passover.