CONSERVATIVE.

Author:Katz, Rabbi Amy Wallk
Position:SHOULD JEWS AT THE SEDER ASK GOD TO SMITE OUR ENEMIES?
 
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One of my favorite moments of the seder comes after the meal, just as we are about to open the door for Elijah. The traditional text known as "Pour out Your wrath..." is a series of three verses from Psalms and Lamentations. In them, we implore God to destroy those who do not know God and who have devoured the Jewish people. I know many are offended by this expression of anger. I am not. I actually find it cathartic.

This portion of the Haggadah speaks to the human condition. It was not until the bloody Crusades that biblical verses of divine anger were added to the Haggadah, for pogroms typically occurred on Easter/Passover. The rabbinic tradition recognizes that the anger must be expressed. But notice that the rabbis remind us to turn to God. The texts do not suggest that we Jews should take revenge on our enemies.

There is a parallel prayer, a unique addition to a medieval Haggadah. It appears...

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