This post is part of our Passover series, in which we think about the application of our age-old Passover story and traditions to the crucial issues we face today. For ways to infuse your seder with social justice, see our holiday guide.
When 30,000 Americans die each year due to gun violence, it is time to acknowledge that we are suffering from a modern plague. When schoolchildren are gunned down by single shooter with a high-capacity magazine, we suffer from a modern plague. And, when criminals can buy weapons without having their backgrounds checked, we suffer from a modern plague. As we observe Passover, we retell the story of the exodus not merely to recall our own historical path to freedom, but as a reminder that more work remains to realize and secure such liberty. When we gather with our families next week, and partake in the ritual of the seder, we must pause to reflect on our modern plagues.
While we generally speak of the Four Children, including the wise, the wicked, the simple, and those who do not know what to ask, this seder we add the fifth child, or the one who is no longer with us to ask. For many families, this fifth child is represented by an empty seat at the table, and it is incumbent upon us to tell their stories and to ask their questions. This Passover, consider using our gun violence prevention supplement.
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