This year on Saturday April 15th I am excited and privileged to host a Multicultural Passover Seder. Questions are not only welcome during the course of the evening but are vital to tonight’s journey. Our obligation at this seder involves traveling from slavery to freedom, prodding ourselves from apathy to action, encouraging the transformation of silence into speech, and providing a space where all different levels of belief and tradition can co-exist safely. Because leaving Mitzrayim--the narrow places, the places that oppress us—is a personal as well as a communal passage, your participation and thoughts are welcome and encouraged.
We remember that questioning itself is a sign of freedom. The simplest question can have many answers, sometimes complex or contradictory ones, just as life itself is fraught with complexity and contradictions. To see everything as good or bad, matzah or maror, Jewish or Muslim, Jewish or “Gentile”, is to be enslaved to simplicity. Sometimes, a question has no answer. Certainly, we must listen to the question, before answering.
The Haggadah, the book that serves as a guide to the Seder, comes in many ‘flavors’ to respond to different needs, historical circumstances and to many different people: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Secular Jews; even Christian-oriented and Muslim.
Now that you read some of the opening statements for this Seder I am sure your interested in learning more has been peaked so here are the details. Place is Plainfield Diner at 6221 Sullivan Trail Nazareth PA, Date is Saturday April 15th at 5:00PM. Cost is a low $15/Person. Any questions you can call Michael Sandt @ 610-393-9307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.