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Oranges, Miriam's Cup, and Other Passover Rituals

Passover is next week. How did that happen?! I haven't even begun to prepare, but was reminded that I better get on the ball after reading the opinion piece "Raising Cups, Dropping Oranges" by Aurora Mendelsohn in the Forward. Mendelsohn discusses the ways in which her Seder's feminist rituals have changed over the past decade: Miriam's Cup has endured while the orange on the Seder plate has disappeared.

I've written about the evolving history of the orange on the Seder plate before (see: "What's in an Orange?"), and I don't intend for the orange to disappear from my own Seder plate any time soon. Contrary to Mendelsohn, I don't agree that the orange has lost its relevance or its resonance since the full inclusion of women, lesbians, and queer-identified people in Jewish life and beyond is still very far from being achieved.

An interesting conversation about retaining meaningful Seder rituals and creating new ones is growing in the comments section of the Forward article ... which leads me to ask here: what kinds of rituals have you incorporated into your Seders? Any new ones for this year?

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How to cite this page

Namerow, Jordan. "Oranges, Miriam's Cup, and Other Passover Rituals." 30 March 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on October 10, 2015) <>.


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