Pesach is a celebration of our freedom from slavery, tyranny and oppression, and the Seder gives us the opportunity to consider what that freedom means. Every year, we read the story of the exodus, and are called to consider ourselves as though we were once slaves in the land of Egypt.
This year, we are approaching the 50th anniversary of the 6-Day War. That means 50 years that the Jewish people have been able to return to pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But it also means 50 years of Israeli military rule over the Palestinian people. SISO, the coalition to Save Israel and Stop the Occupation, have brought together prominent Israelis and diaspora Jews to grapple with that fact, and with the deep questions raised by the Seder, in the new Jubilee Haggadah.
Thirty contributors – authors, artists and thinkers – ranging from Amos Oz to Sarah Silverman, have come together to connect the Pesach journey to freedom with the call to end the occupation.
Pesach is not just an opportunity to eat, recline and drink four cups of wine; it is a call to action for the Jewish people. This year, it is a time to recommit ourselves to the fight for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to a two-state solution and an end to the occupation. As we celebrate our freedom, we know that Israel’s long-term freedom and security cannot be guaranteed without the freedom of the Palestinian people too.