JLC Labor Seder

Just about every Jewish movement you can think of has its own variation of the Pesach Seder, which updates for modern times while being loyal to the Pesach message of the liberation of the Jews from “Mitzraim,” the Hebrew name for Egypt. (“Mitzraim” literally means “the narrow place,” the place of few opportunities and no where to move, the place of limitations.)

On Thursday, April 9, I went to the Labor Seder of the Philadelphia chapter of the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC), an organization of Jewish trade unionists, organized in the 1930s to combat the rise of Fascism. This took place in the Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 48th and Baltimore Avenue. They had the traditional Seder place with the Maror, the Haroset, the Karpas, lamb bone, the salt water, and the Matzah, and the traditional blessings were said. But contemporary issues were addressed in the Seder, like the poor relations between law enforcement and minority communities, and police shooting unarmed African-American men.

The Haggadah also dealt with labor struggles earlier in American history, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911, the organizing of farm workers, and the problems on inequality in this wealthy nation. “Mitzraim” is not something in the past, there are still places and problems with people stuck in narrow, limited situations; and there will always be people fighting to get out of them.

Text of the Traveler\’s Prayer – The Prayer for a Safe Journey – Mitzvahs & Traditions

I am firming up my plans to go to Amherst for  my classes. I printed out the Jewish Traveler’s Prayer, to attain spiritual strength. With faith I know I’ll do great. Thanks to everyone for their support.

 

Text of the Traveler\’s Prayer – The Prayer for a Safe Journey – Mitzvahs & Traditions

via Text of the Traveler\’s Prayer – The Prayer for a Safe Journey – Mitzvahs & Traditions.

‘A man has to make his wife orgasm first… it’s Jewish law!’ Orthodox Rabbi on how the ‘religious obligations’ of sex favor women’s pleasure | This World

I thought this would be an important contribution to the discussion about religion and sexuality.

 

‘A man has to make his wife orgasm first… it’s Jewish law!’ Orthodox Rabbi on how the ‘religious obligations’ of sex favor women’s pleasure | This World

via ‘A man has to make his wife orgasm first… it’s Jewish law!’ Orthodox Rabbi on how the ‘religious obligations’ of sex favor women’s pleasure | This World.

If You Want to Find Support For Israel, Read the Newspapers—in Cairo – Tablet Magazine

If You Want to Find Support For Israel, Read the Newspapers—in Cairo – Tablet Magazine

via If You Want to Find Support For Israel, Read the Newspapers—in Cairo – Tablet Magazine.

 

THis shows how complicated things are in the MIddle East.