You Shall Tell Your Children: Holocaust Memory in American Passover Ritual

You Shall Tell Your Children: Holocaust Memory in American Passover Ritual

You Shall Tell Your Children: Holocaust Memory in American Passover Ritual

You Shall Tell Your Children: Holocaust Memory in American Passover Ritual

Synopsis

Passover is among the most widely observed holidays for American Jews. During this festival of redemption, Jewish families retell the biblical story of Exodus using a ritual book known as a haggadah, often weaving modern tales of oppression through the biblical narrative. References to the Holocaust are some of the most common additions to contemporary haggadot. However, the parallel between ancient and modern oppression, which seems obvious to some, raises troubling questions for many others. Is it possible to find any redemptive meaning in the Nazi genocide? Are we adding value to this unforgivable moment in history?
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