The Promise of the Land: A Passover Haggadah by Ellen Bernstein
This Passover, celebrate both our freedom and the role of nature in the seder and in our lives.
From the unassuming matzah that reveals the simplicity of earth, wheat, and water, to the first fruits of the soil that the Israelites offered in gratitude, the earth has always been at the center of who we are as a people.
Passover marks the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery in Egypt and the coming of spring. Yet it is also a story about land and the natural world. All our biblical holidays – Passover included – originally commemorated the agrarian and pastoral soil out of which Judaism grew.
Our well-being and our freedom ultimately depend on the earth’s well-being. This haggadah seeks to reveal the seder’s ecological dimensions and awaken its environmental meaning.
Year first published: 2020
(via Jewish Book Council)