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The Other Side of the Sea: A Haggadah on Fighting Modern Slavery (2015)
Edited by Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, Director of Education
T'ruah's haggadah on fighting modern slavery is now here! It features:
- An engaging examination of modern slavery, with classical and contemporary texts, including
- how we blot it out
- how we support its survivors
- how we understand it religiously and spiritually.
- Three dozen side-commentaries by rabbis, activists, and survivors of human trafficking, which offer a diverse array of personal perspectives on the topic.
- Original artwork by trafficking survivors.
- Updated statistics on the Fair Food Program for 2016.
The haggadah is available in three versions:
1. Full haggadah for online reading--easily look through all 62 pages to see what inspires you.
2. Download a print-ready version of the full haggadah. Set your printer to "double-sided (flip on long edge)," then fold the printout in half and staple in the center for a ready-to-go haggadah. (Printer settings vary slightly--we recommend printing a test page or two before you print the whole haggadah.)
You also have the option of ordering a beautifully printed and bound copy from T'ruah; click here to order.
3. Download one or more sections to share with guests at your seder:
Motivational reflection on creating this haggadah by Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, plus a guide to using it.
Reflections on human agency and making Ur'chatz feel like a holy ritual.
A new take on two dippings.
Which half of the matzah are you saving for your Afikoman?
|4 Questions, 4 Children||
What's different tonight--and what isn't--and what do we wish were different?
|The Legacy of American Slavery||
Taking "In the beginning, our ancestors worshipped idols" as a starting point, explore the history of American slavery up to today through images and text.
Modern slavery around the world
How many ways does being enslaved affect a person's life?
What's this song really about?
What is our obligation today? And what's this tomato on our seder plate? Incorporates material from T'ruah's "A Tomato On The Seder Plate" resource.
What partnerships does it take for us to end slavery?
What's it feel like to be enslaved?
Listening to the voices of survivors as they remake their lives, combining bitter and sweet.
|Shulchan Orech/ Tzafun/Barech||
What's the hidden world you want to see? Plus a brief text study on the shortest birkat hamazon you can say.
|Opening the door||
Elijah and Miriam, and a new interpretation of Shfoch chamat'cha.
Songs that sustain activists.
Committing to action--what we can do to end slavery.
|Appendix||Modern Slavery 101--your basic facts and figures.|
2014 Passover Materials:
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a widely-acclaimed organization of farmworkers who are working to end abusive conditions in Florida’s tomato fields, which have long created fertile ground for modern-day slavery to flourish. We mobilize the Jewish community to participate in the Campaign For Fair Food as part of its larger commitment to fight modern slavery and human trafficking. Place a tomato on your seder plate to symbolize the workers of the CIW.
Since 2007, Israeli activists, progressive Jewish organizations, and African refugee and asylum seeker communities have united to hold a communal "Refugee Seder" in Tel Aviv each year. The participants celebrate a renewed commitment to working together for freedom. This year, additional public seders are being held outside the Holot Detention Facility in the Negev and in Washington, DC. This three-page supplement allows you to bring the stories of asylum seekers into your family's seder.
Crying Out Against Mass Incarceration urges the Jewish community to use Passover, our celebration of freedom, to remember those who each day are not free: the millions of Americans, particularly Americans of color, who are caught up in our injust system of mass incarceration. This seder supplement was produced written by rabbis in support of the Jewish Working Group to End the New Jim Crow, of which T'ruah is a member.
By Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz, this haggadah uses chocolate as the entry point to issues of global justice, including workers' rights, child labor in cocoa fields, poverty, and modern slavery. Through a partnership with T'ruah and Fair Trade Judaica, Equal Exchange's Fair Trade chocolate is now available for use on Pesach.
2013 Passover Materials:
Make your seder relevant to today's pressing issues, with these ten suggestions for using drama, visuals, and discussion to bring human rights to your seder.
Making the Leap for Freedom: A D'var Torah for Parashat Shmini 2013/5773 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein.
2012 Passover Materials:
Did a slave produce the wheat for my matzah? What about the wine or the egg? Guess how many slaves worked to produced your seder, and learn what steps you can take to root out slavery in our supply chain. Download "A Passover Taste of Slavery Footprint."
Slaves are found in the supply chains of products we buy every day. We are proud to offer a Passover taste of the website SlaveryFootprint.org, which allows you to figure out how many slaves work to produce your lifestyle. Download "A Passover Taste of Slavery Footprint."
10 Revolutionary Ideas to Explore at Your Seder by Rahel Musleah, Jewish Woman Magazine, featuring Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of T'ruah and Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, T'ruah Board Member.
Passover Resources from Fair Trade Judaica. This includes a freeHagaddah supplement, photos of cocoa beans to place on your seder plate, a "virtual" bar of Kosher for Passover Fair Trade Chocolate, and a petition for Kosher for Passover Fair Trade chocolate, signed by hundreds of Jews nationwide. Take action to ensure that our holiday is both delicious and slavery-free.
2011 Passover Materials:
Each year, as we tell the story of our ancestors' enslavement and redemption, we move through time from the past to the present to the future. We look to the past to help us understand the commitment to the stranger in our midst, because we were strangers in Mitzrayim. In the present, we see ourselves as though we were slaves. And we pray for the future when we say "Next year in Jerusalem." But while our own slavery is in the past, it is very much the present reality for millions of people around the world. More than 27 million people live as slaves today. Slave-made goods are present in many of the products we buy. And human trafficking is not just a problem overseas. The United States is both a destination for slavery and a source, as American citizens are trafficked for sex and labor. As we tell our story of slavery, we must tell the story of modern enslavement as well. T'ruah has created table cards for your seder with four stories of modern slavery (part 1)(part 2).
2010 Passover Materials:
Rabbis for Human Rights – North America is please to present a variety of resources for your Passover celebration. This collection of materials focuses on the sad reality that for millions, slavery is not yet history. We invite and encourage you to use this “Feast of Our Freedom” to both learn and teach about modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Please print and use them at your Seders, in your synagogues, classrooms and beyond. We would like to thank everyone who contributed materials for this packet.
- Bound Together: Contemporary Slavery and Global Poverty by Rabbi Steve Gutow
- A Passover Sermon by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater
- Pesach and Slavery Then and Now by Rabbi Gilah Langer
- A Slavery Fact Sheet by Abby Cohen
- The Ten Plagues by Abby Cohen
- The Four Children by Rabbi Gilah Langer and David Arnow
- Four Questions by Abby Cohen
Additional Haggadah Supplements:
- Passover and Human Rights: Interfaith Perspectives: December 10, 2008, marked 60 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This remarkable document, which was a direct response to the barbarism of the Holocaust and the Second World War, affirms the inherent rights of each human being. Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars were asked to reflect on how our faiths relate to the values of Passover and its imperative for tikkun olam, the repair of the world. Each of their statements is followed by a series of questions. We invite you to read one or more of the statements, and then discuss the questions.
- Passover, Gaza and Human Rights: Rituals for your seder about the IDF's Chief Rabbi's booklet "Go Fight My War."
- Next Year May We Be Free: Discussion Questions for Your Seder by Rabbi Ed Feld and Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster.
- Haggadah l'Yom Zechuyot Shel Adam: A Human Rights Haggadah: By Rabbi Margaret Holub and Rabbi Sheila Weinberg and edited by Gilah Langner. You can think of using the Hagadah in a variety of settings: a special service in synagogue, kiddush following Shabbat services or at a family gathering at home.
- Passover Economic Justice Hagaddah: This Hagaddah on economic human rights for use in the Pesach Seder was brought together and edited as a Shalom Center project by Lee Moore, on behalf of, and for distribution by, Rabbis for Human Rights North America and Rabbis for Human Rights Israel in 2003.