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Passover

Celebrating Women’s Seders vs. Celebrating Women at the Seder

I have always found women’s seders perplexing, ever since my mother first dragged me to one when I was a teenager. To me, Passover is a family holiday, and it felt wrong to exclude half of our family from the celebration. I also didn’t understand why, instead of telling the story of the Exodus, we toasted Bella Abzug and Henrietta Szold.

Passover Seder Table

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Passover Seder Table
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Passover Seder Table

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Seder Plate

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Seder plate for Passover.
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Seder plate for Passover.

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Eliana Melmed with her two great-grandmothers.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Passover." (Viewed on May 24, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/passover>.

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