Coffee Talk 4-9-12
We met at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning at the home of Renee Sandler and enjoyed a buffet of delicious kosher for Passover refreshments. Then, we sat in the living room and Rabbi Judy Chessin, who has been the Rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Dayton since its inception in 1984, gave a fascinating talk about "Where are all the women in the Hagaddah?" Tobe Snow is Coffee Talk Chair.
Rabbi Chessin passed out handouts with several quotes from the Torah in Hebrew and English referring to important women Biblical times and discussed the history of how our Passover traditions evolved. Many of the righteous women who saved Hebrew lives were not even Jewish! These included the midwives who refused to kill the male Hebrew babies; Pharoah's daughter, who rescued baby Moses; and Miriam, Moses' sister, who convinced her father to remarry her mother, resulting in Moses' birth, and who later watched after baby Moses in the bulrushes of the Nile. Because of the legend that she provided water for the Hebrews as they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, many Jews now add Miriam's Cup (filled with water) to the Seder table. Some also add an orange to the Seder plate, representing solidarity with Jewish gays and lesbians, who are often marginalized within the Jewish community.
Photography by Gayna Bassin.