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Magid | Telling the Story

We tell the tale in every generation, as if we ourselves had gone out from slavery.

Overhead view of children with hand-drawn Passover haggadahs


Making Pesach Personal by Rabbi Toba Spitzer
A text study inviting readers into a personal relationship with the traditions and practices of the holiday.


“The Four Questions” performed by Shabbat Unplugged for A Night of Questions *
The entire seder is about asking questions. These four are only the traditional versions. Ask others along the way. 

Four Questions by Reconstructing Judaism

The Four Questions from Repair the World
This haggadah insert reconstructs the Four Questions for this time of global pandemic when our lives have been disrupted in significant ways, and we find ourselves asking questions we may not otherwise have ever thought to ask.


The Four Children Of COVID-19 by Janine Jankovitz Pastor
Rabbinical student Janine Jankovitz Pastor’s recently published essay on the famous “Four Children” of the seder, radically adapted for these strange and challenging times.


What to the Black Jew is Passover? by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Reflections on what it means to be simultaneously Black and Jewish in America. And an invitation to white Jews to discuss what they will do to ensure Black Jews and other Jews of color can find inviting and Jewish spaces for wholeness. 


One Family: The Four Children and the Disparity of Wealth by Rabbi Joshua Lesser and Rabbi Mordechai Liebling
By sharing our common story of liberation at Passover, we are reminded that we are one family. The Four Children come from the same family but have different understandings. Bringing their experiences together, we can learn more about each other and ourselves.


A Plague of Darkness by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld
Coronavirus has reminded us that we are all connected. What happens on the other side of the world affects us here. What happens to those who have been ground down by the millstones of prejudice and inequality makes us all vulnerable, even the first born of Pharaoh. In this short reading, Rabbi Michael Strassfeld compares this moment to the plague of darkness in the Exodus story. 


Exploring Connections Between Solomon Northup’s Autobiography  Twelve Years a Slave and the Exodus from Egypt by Rabbi Maurice Harris
A printable discussion guide connecting the memoir of Solomon Northup (Twelve Years a Slave) to the Exodus.


The Torah Case for Reparations by Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein
The biblical narrative of the Exodus from slavery understands the reparations taken by the Israelites to be an essential part of the redemption from servitude.


 “Miriam by the Shores” by Rabbi G. Rayzel Raphael and performed by Shabbat Unplugged for A Night of Questions *
A song about Miriam and the Israelite women leading all the people in song as they celebrate their freedom. Now more than ever, joining in song and dance— even virtually — is a necessary ingredient in the search for redemption. 

By The Shores by Reconstructing Judaism


§ Curated and written by Rabbi Elyse Wechterman and Rabbi Maurice Harris. Sourced by Rabbi Michael Fessler, Tresa Grauer, Ph.D., Alison Houghton, Rabbi Maurice Harris, Jackie Land, Rabbi Alan LaPayover, Rabbi Vivie Mayer, Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, Rabbi Micah Geurin Weiss, Cyd Weissman. Graphic by Rosa Cohen. Web development by Rabbi Michael Fessler.

* Music courtesy of Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein, Rabbi Myriam Klotz, Rabbi G. Rayzel Raphael, Juliet Spitzer, Rabbi Margot Stein and Rabbi Shawn Zevit. More of their music and the music of their bands, Shabbat Unplugged and Miraj, is available on SpotifyiTunes and CD Baby. Songs copyright ©Shabbat Unplugged and the Reconstructionist Press.