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Why this night is like no other Pesach

March 27, 2013

During the Seder meal it is customary to ask the question – why is this night different from all other nights?  Within the Haggadah, we can find the traditional answers to this questions (and others).  We should also remember that all Seder nights are different from each other and from other nights.  This was certainly the case for the Woodford Communal Seder this year.

The evening started with a brief talk about the Spit4Mum and Swab4Mum campaigns being run the new charity ‘Delete Blood Cancer‘ – which describes blood cancer as the 11th plague!  All those of suitable age (i.e. over 17 and under 55 in good health) were invited to register as a donor and to do a swab.  Abigail, Rachel, and Yszi ran the swab sessions – guiding volunteers through the form filling and swabbing process – before the Seder, after the meal, and even after the completion of the Seder.

IF

IF (Courtesy of @liberaljudaism on Twitter)

A second variation to our Seder was inspired by the ‘Enough Food If Campaign‘ – which notes that there is:

  • Enough Food For Everyone IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves

  • Enough Food For Everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries

  • Enough Food For Everyone IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars

  • Enough Food For Everyone IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food

Passover is the celebration of our liberation; our freedom from hunger and oppression, it is the night that we ‘invite all who are hungry to come and eat’.  However, it is estimated that nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night and two million children die from malnutrition every year. Progress is being made in other areas, but hunger is still the great scandal of our age.  All around the world, even in the UK, people are struggling to feed their families.

We can all do something to ensure that our Government and other Government’s do more to ensure more is done to prevent unnecessary starvation around the world; that more people are freed from their hunger and oppression – that next year fewer people are going hungry.  At the very least visit the Enough Food If Campaign and find out more!

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