REFORM.

Author:Winer, Rabbi Laura Novak
Position:SHOULD JEWS AT THE SEDER ASK GOD TO SMITE OUR ENEMIES?
 
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Passover is yet another time we confront a troubling piece of our historical narrative. The deaths of innocent Egyptians along with the oppressors challenge our understanding of God, of who we are and the values we espouse. Our texts provide some measured approaches to marking our liberation in light of this tension.

We read in Proverbs 24:17 that we should not rejoice at the downfall of our enemies. Some say this is why the story told at the seder emphasizes our redemption from slavery rather than the defeat of our Egyptian oppressors.

Another interpretation suggests that when Moses instructed the Israelites that future generations would remember the liberation from Egypt by eating unleavened bread for seven days (Exodus 12), he did so before they had even left Egypt. If the instructions had been...

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