Our exploration begins with some music...
Let’s tune-in to our Rebbis - Dolly Parton, Al Green & Meir Ariel and more.
Art has always been a powerful medium for exploring freedom.
For some artists, their messages on freedom can be found in the medium itself. What materials are they using? What forms are they using to express their work? We have found several images that lend themselves to different notions of freedom.
Without worrying about getting the right or wrong answers, choose one image that resonates with your definition of freedom. What story is the image telling you?
Respond to the following prompts:
Freedom is not….
My personal experience of freedom is…
Let’s now move from music and the visual arts to poetry.
How do our ancestors describe freedom?
What were their worries and concerns that affected the ways that they looked at Jewish texts?
Click below to read through a collection of sources from the Talmud to Adrienne Rich to see how they define freedom.
We have provided some questions to guide you through the texts. But of course, feel free to follow the text wherever it takes you.
Let’s revisit the first text on Freedom from Pirkei Avot 6:2
Perhaps one way to read this text is that there is a relationship between freedom and engraving. In order to truly be free, you must write down what you are seeking freedom from and engrave it - you must commit to your freedom and turn it into a covenant - a promise for yourself and others. The notion of ‘engraving’ implies permanence, that the commitment can be held onto in the future.
So what freedom(s) are you committing to this Pesach?
What are you willing to engrave and hold onto?
Follow these instructions for making your own inscription.
Once you're finished, add your image or object to your Seder Plate.
This year, freedom might be suggesting a change in religious practice, perhaps the granting of permission by some to use Zoom to connect with family and friends during the Passover seder.
See here for some rabbis’ reasonings for the ruling.
For many, freedom is leading your own seder for the first time.
Seder will surely be different this year and is leaving many of us wondering how we can do it alone. This year we have the freedom to practice how we see fit, to offer our own interpretations of the Exodus story, create our own rituals.
See here for tips on leading your own Passover in the Corona era.