RECONSTRUCTIONIST.

Author:Broitman, Rabbi Caryn
Position:SHOULD JEWS AT THE SEDER ASK GOD TO SMITE OUR ENEMIES?
 
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I certainly understand an anguished cry of revenge at a time of extreme and brutal oppression. However, understanding that cry and ritualizing it are two different things. What justification would there be to call down God's wrath today on our neighbors and friends, when what we need is to work together as allies against oppression of all sorts, committed by many nations and peoples--including our own?

Some of those neighbors and friends are sitting side by side with us at our seders, supporting us and celebrating with us during this beautiful and inspiring holiday. How would we feel if such a verse were said about us in another people's religious ritual? And while we have been victims of brutal oppression and have experienced the darkest side of human evil in the Shoah, we also call to mind the gentiles who risked their and their families' lives to save our brothers and sisters during that time.

I therefore think that in the Haggadah, this...

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